Brendan juxtaposition, but for the grace of God


You will have noticed minds elsewhere have recently turned to the most difficult question in Scottish football, how will Celtic’s inextricable domination of Scottish football be stopped? If you have been reading CQN for as long as I’ve been writing it, you’ll know the information you should consult on this question is the financial fundamentals.

Celtic’s domination was assured since well before it was predicted here (in 2004). Our only opponent worthy of the name was indulging in an orgy of irresponsibility. While the eventual outcome was more delightful than any of us dared hope, the consequences for the Scottish title were always going to end up the same way.

Celtic just needed to stave off the desire to join the lemmings, keep to a responsible budget, and their long-term outcome was assured.

But this is not the issue most commentators ponder when considering how Celtic will be clawed back into the pack, all they can see is a manager with the apparent Midas touch. While Brendan is here, the story goes, it’s not even worthwhile discussing Celtic’s domination.

I agree with this point, although I could add that Ronny won two leagues more than comfortably, Neil won three, and when Brendan eventually reties due to old age, we’ll be very capable of recruiting an effective talent.

There’s been a fascinating juxtaposition this week on the subject of Brendan as he secured his first title as Celtic manager. 11 months ago, when Ronny announced he was leaving, Peter Lawwell drew up his targets. Two names were at the top of the list, Brendan, and now-Sunderland manager, Davie Moyes. Both were interviewed and both knew each other was under consideration. I’m pretty sure Celtic were prepared to sign up the first one who would commit.

11 months on and, from 100 miles away, life seems to be disentangling for Davie Moyes. The jocular threat to slap a female reporter is systematic of a man who is losing control. After a promising honeymoon period at Sunderland, his team is destined for relegation, most probably as bottom of the division.

There is a haunting realisation in the North East that, like a struggling swimmer who has bobbed below the waterline a few times, the next time they are under could be a great deal more consequential.  Moyes’ reputation has taken more than a slap.

I remember Davie as a player (splay-footed and unconvincing), and wanted his as Celtic manager when Gordon Strachan resigned. His decade at Everton provides ample evidence of his genuine talent. These are the things my mind turns to when his name is mentioned.

When Brendan hears Davie’s name, what chance he thinks, “There but for the grace of God………”

We’ve got a great manager, but he knows he’s got a great job.

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Dinner Dance
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The Disabled Supporters Association invite you to addend their annual Dinner Dance later this month.  Tickets are a mere £25 per head, which includes a three course meal, live entertainment from The Foggy Dew, and a Q&A with Jim Craig, Bertie Auld and Tom Boyd.

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  1. Hope it’s about Brendan AND Chris Davies.


    A management team made in heaven methinks.



  2. MWD



    Billybear (from previous)



    Billybear on 6th April 2017 8:35 pm





    Is the Resolution 12 case totally gubbed now? I thought it was still ongoing but was advised it was now out of the time limits? An answer would be appreciated.






    It has been passed over to Celtic.




    In one way going to UEFA is no longer required in terms of establishing what took place. That has more or less been accomplished by the enquiries made by the Res12 lawyers, and the revelation of how UEFA treated other clubs in a similar situation who appealed to The Court of Arbitration on Sport.




    Additional information will either emerge during the CW trial or become useable in public after it, hence the current silence.




    However if after then a particular narrative involving the SFA is proven to be the case then, if for no other reason than to point out to UEFA that their rules need revising to reflect their intent, then UEFA should be contacted.




    That apart if what looks like dishonesty (some might say criminal dishonesty) on a grand scale is shown, then it cannot hide behind any technical time bar, especially if a dishonest party (the SFA) were part of the delay.




  3. thetimreaper on

    THE GREEN JEDI on 7TH APRIL 2017 1:44 PM


    50 quid increase on the season book to cover Brendan’s new contract????





    I’m in.

  4. Auldheid



    It was a facetious comment I posted earlier.



    I know were you are at with Res12. Still think the club has blown it off though. :)




  5. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Celtic FC Official :



    Celtic are delighted to confirm that BGFC and Wee BGFC are guaranteed, in perpituity, tickets for all Celtic FC away games, thus avoiding unnecessary stress for all parties.



    Lots of love – Pedro da Boss






  6. fieldofdrams on

    New contract for Brendan. It’s in the Scottish Sun, so I’m told, so it must be true.

  7. So Brendan to be offered a bumper new contract, err, on a twelve month rolling basis thingy that we can cancel after err, 12 months.



    Can he jack it after 12 months tae?

  8. Packie Bonner as the new goalkeeping coach(sic)! God help us!



    There’s more:



    Charlie Nick as the new Supporters Liasion Officer. Aw naw!



    …and finally, Davie Provan as the new head of PR.







  9. Had to laugh at this deluded Hun on Fester Fester




    More than enough free agents for us to put together a decent team



    There are a staggering amount of decent players coming off contract at the end of this season, time for us to maybe forget about transfer fees and consider throwing some higher wages at some of these players.



    We need to raise imo 12 million to achieve our target next season (target should be 2nd place and a cup) and it can be done.



    Harsh reality is we may need to sell Mckay to raise the biggest portion of this but we need to bite the bullet and get on with it.



    Mckay 4-5 Million


    Waghorn 1 Million


    Tav 1 million


    Kiernan 1 Million


    Wallace 1 million


    Holt 0.5 Million


    Halliday 0.5 Million



    If we sell to the english leagues the above figures are more than achievable.



    we also have to release Senderos, Hill, etc. If the board tip in 4-5 million then you have a reasonable amount of money to work with. Time to tear it up and start again.

  10. We’ve nicked the Cook from Murray PArk



    So we have “world class breakfasts”



    The Grass has an upset stomach since cook left(on gardening leave)



    and his stomach OP was cover story as GSL has brought in the guy



    from Greasey joes burger van who was placed outside ipox on match days

  11. MWD



    No problem. It was an opportunity to let Billy Bear see the reply as well as others.

  12. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Annabel Goldie has been coaxed out of retirement to become DOF. Director of fannying about wi acgr:_)



    Hubba ding

  13. CELTIC Football Club are delighted to announce that manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new four-year contract with the club which will run until June 2021.


    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Brendan has made a huge impact at Celtic already. He’s an outstanding manager and we believe he is one of the best coaches in Europe, if not world football, and we’re delighted that he has committed his future to Celtic.”


    Brendan Rodgers has already led the team to the Premiership title and League Cup success this season, remaining unbeaten after 38 domestic games, with a Scottish Cup semi-final to come later this month, while also guiding the team into the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

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