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Brendan juxtaposition, but for the grace of God

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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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  1. Its now on the official site

     

     

    4 year deal

     

     

    7, 8, 9 and 10

     

     

    Happy days

     

     

    HH

  2. An Teach Solais on

    Brilliant news, just brilliant. Good work by our maligned (at times very deservedly) Board. Here’s to “Four More Years”. HH

  3. I hear there is to be another major announcement at 3.30pm.

     

     

    The fan’s café beside the Superstore, apparently.

     

     

    Well done Celtic and Brendan. Onwards and upwards.

  4. Been out doing oral exams all week and travelling by public transport. Not only is the the internal decor green and white but the announcer keeps telling the Hun travellers to ‘mind the gap’!

  5. What did I say after Sunday….

     

     

    FOUR MORE YEARS

     

    FOUR MORE YEARS

     

    FOUR MORE YEARS

     

     

    Lo and behold…Brendan has gone and did it.

     

     

    Now “Win the Euromillions” “Win the Euromillions” “Wine the Euromillions”

  6. Geordie Munro on

    Some folks get more excited by an article not appearing than the ones that appear :D

     

     

    Great news regarding the gaffer!!!:))))))

     

     

    Well done to all involved.

     

     

     

    HH

  7. What wonderful news. Put paid to all those MSM trying to sell him off to every team in existence. Well, for us the future’s bright. Now the Board must give Brendan the players he requires for Europe.

  8. Excellent news, not on Facebook so couldn’t watch live but hey ho!

     

     

    Next Armstrong…………….

  9. Neil McCann, Kris Boyd, David Tanner and all you other slugs that try to pass yourselves off as fitbaw journalists and presenters…..GET BACK UNDER YER ROCKS…

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    Where’s The New Article….?

     

     

     

    Popeye Reveals To A Tearful Olive Oil That He’s Been Taking Anabolic Steroids Forever ?

  11. Almore

     

     

    Wind yer neck in with the language towards P67!

     

    This is a good news day for Tims all over the world, so treat people with some respect!

     

     

    HH

  12. As someone pointed out The Daily Hun, knew about Brendan, signing a new contract,leads me to believe,there is a mole inside Celtic Park,i was hoping the major announcement,would have been The Main Stand to be furbished,then i thought ,no way ,that would intervine Lawell big Bonus,

  13. SSN

     

    ” Celtic are on course for a treble, they are in both Cup Finals”

     

    Really on the ball at Sky

     

    HH

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