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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  1. TET,



    I can’t speak for anyone else, but the first time I watched that film, the song affected me deeply (quite possibly more deeply than it should have) . It showed to me how powerful propaganda can be and how it can play with people’s emotions. I felt uneasy when I read the phrase on Celtic’s own website this afternoon.

  2. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Evening Cowiebhoy



    How much has our ticket gone up by?







  3. Burnley78



    Totally agree with your point about arrogance as it reminds me of RFC under SDM. They believed that 10 in a row was a given, even allowing the Cardigan to announce his retirement half way through the season. However, that was more complacency (and a bit of supremacy) rather than arrogance.



    Can’t see the Board being complacent.



    BTW – great to catch up with you on the East Coast train on Thursday morning.

  4. voguepunter on 7th April 2017 8:40 pm



    Taking a lady down to Hydro this evening,we passed the city chambers,the magnificent Lisbon Lions were having there photos taken.



    Tooted my horn a few times at the Bhoys,lady asked “Who’s that?”



    Told her ,first british /non Latin/Northern European team to win the big cup all of 50



    years ago.



    She replied “and people still remember that?”



    “Who you going to see tonight?” The Who ,you remember them.







  5. foghorn leghorn on

    Burnley 67 It is laughable to me that paul67 prostrates himself before lawwell while conveniently ignoring last seasons Scottish cup humiliation. There was no need for that debacle. It was and remains humiliating for all of us. His salivating at the board is at best pathetic.





    what a total fanny



    we had 33 attempts at goal that day



    they had 10



    roberts missed a sitter



    we lost on pens



    shite like that happens in every cup comp in the world

  6. patmcgrathtakesapenalty on

    References to the Alex Harvey Band brings back a memory of being invited into the BBC Scotland recording studios where they were setting up The Old Grey Whistle Test featuring Mr H and friends. There must have been an England – Scotland international due to be played because right up until they went live, Alex H was effing and jeffing in Whispering Bob’s ear about what would happen on the field of play. I think it was the mid-70’s, probably 1975. Harris wasn’t phased at all and when given the go ahead, went right his usual breathless delivery.

  7. Hi Bhoys



    Depeche Mode live at the bbc on bbc4 now.



    I just can’t get enough.




  8. I would bet 99% of Celtic supporters would not find any negative connotations in the slogan ” Tomorrow belongs to us”. It is a trendy advertising phrase in the same vein that car and telecommunications companies are so fond of.



    I have now googled it and wow it was a film with a singular me. I bet I could find a film to Create negativity in virtually any slogan.


    There is absolutely no ulterior motive in Celtic using this slogan, of course if some want to be offended they will always find a reason.



    HH to BR. The journey continues and it looks like a long one.

  9. Just realised the season book increase was snaked out. Ah the board are still tosses really eh…..

  10. THE EXILED TIM on 7TH APRIL 2017 8:56 PM



    Well it’s evident from what has been said on here that some people do give a toss.



    So I don’t know where that leaves your argument.



    And what concerns me isn’t whether I’m offended or not, it’s that it is a PR blunder.




    ………and a great one.



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

  12. TET



    If you spell it like that, you’ll not be able to show how well you can rroll yer rrs!

  13. Hi Bhoys



    And Dave Gahan is wearing a Green and White tie singing our song.




  14. Foghorn leghorn. Yeah sure I am a tosser. That really didn’t happen did it.



    You keep deluding yourself. Maybe being arrogant and unquestioning will result in good things.



    Man if the Huns posted some of this stuff we would be falling over ourselves to criticise them.



    But you foghorn? Nah not you dude.

  15. GREENPINATA on 7TH APRIL 2017 9:04 PM



    Unless you’ve seen the song in the context of the movie then you’ll be at a loss to understand why anyone would be concerned.



    That doesn’t mean those concerns are not justified.



    It just means you haven’t seen the movie.

  16. —–



    My Dear Ernie….



    Since The “Red Flag” Is Associated With The Satanic Ideology….



    Responsible For The Deaths Of More Than 200 Million Of Our Fellow Human Beings….



    Perhaps Your Croydon Posse Should Desist From Bawling Out That Little Ditty….



    After One-Too-Many Babychams..?



    On A Wet Monday Night Doon Stringfellows…







    Great News About Brendan…!



    Now Time To Re-Build The Parkheid Boot-Room….



    Will There Be A Role For The Great Marco McGhee….?



    Granny Coyle Demands To Know…!





  17. THE EXILED TIM on 7TH APRIL 2017 9:09 PM




    You don’t accept it was PR blunder?






    You’ve seen the movie, yes?

  18. Ernie


    Seen the movie many times, always had a wee crush on Lisa.


    You can stamp your feet all day long, you can scweem and scweem about a PR blunder, you are convincing very few me thinks, if you were to go the Celtic park the morra and ask say 10.000 supporters I would be willing to wager that 9.999 wouldn’t have a clue as to what you were talking about.

  19. TET



    I know. Thought my Spanish was ok until I went to Sevilla, (no, not then, unfortunately) where I exhausted the phrase, “Repite, por favor!”.

  20. thetimreaper on

    Today at work i was chatting with one of us around 2pm and i mentioned that there was big news pending at 2.30pm. I said i had heard it was a new deal for Bren. At this point a Sevvie who i know is a ST holder walks into the room looking at his phone, he reads out Brendan Rodgers to sign a 4 year deal, he immediately uttered the words ‘Brendan will be here for 10 in a row’ in a soft sarcastic manner. He knows, and make no mistake they all know. Today was a big blow for them, no two ways about it. Neil McCann gave us an insight into the Hun mentality last week, their only hope is that Bren leaves and a few of our top players follow suit. Today we kiboshed that idea stone dead.

  21. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Cowiebhoy- hope you are well, the ST stuff should have been for another day, clumsy timing from PR point of view

  22. Beatbhoy


    Was speaking to my neighbour earlier tonight, we were talking about different trees as you do, anyways, he asked me what kinda wood I was stripping the bark from…..it’s a long story, the wood was from the Pomegranate tree which as you will know is Granada in Spanish, he called it the Gran tree, with a silent N, wouldn’t have had a scooby :-)



  23. Just got a text from my brother somewhere in Virginia saying he had just sat down to watch some Celtic stuff on YouTube when he saw my ugly mug pontificating about the feud team being an irrelevance and how we would scoosh the EPL given the chance and booty. Hadn’t heard from him for donkeys so good to know the power that The Celtic bring. HITC was the link, I think. Told him to look into CQ N if he really wants to know what’s going on with the Famous Glasgow Celtic.

  24. Margaret McGill on



    BR on a 4 year contract.


    Can it be true?


    Next you’ll be telling me the huns are deid.


    Life is a cabaret my friends.

  25. Here is a track Sent to me by ma wee Bro, who is currently Celebrating his Wedding Anniversary.



    Whats Happenin’








    Oh BTW, if all the old Dance Enthusiasts CCould Date their best ever mixes from 1991 to 1995 possibly 1996….



    I’d be Eternally G.



    Thank You.

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