Celtic’s history: we appoint managers late


Lou Macari was the permanent managerial appointment Celtic made mid-season.  Since then we have appointed 11 managers.  Three in July, six in June and two in May.  The only appointment made as early in the year as today’s date (24 May) was that of Brendan Rodgers, on 20 May 2016.

Neil Lennon’s second permanent spell started on 25 May 2019 but apart from those two we had to wait until June or July.  Celtic vacillated around the Roy Keane plughole in the spring of 2014 before appointing Ronny Deila on 6 June.  It took until 16 June 2009 before Tony Mowbray started his 9 months of misadventure.

Martin O’Neill (2000) and his successor, Gordon Strachan (2005), both took up their positions on 1 June in what was choreographed with contractual arrangements, and for some reason it took until 8 June 1999 to secure John Barnes’ services.

Those fretting most right now were probably not around in the 90s.  Tommy Burns appointment happened on 11 July 1994.  Wim Jansen short and successful stay started on 3 July 1997, whereas Fergus McCann took until the Fair Fortnight, 17 July 1998, to be precise, to secure Jo Venglos.  Can you imagine waiting until July?  17 JULY?  Let’s not.

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  1. no worries Scullybhoy, wiki is a great wee resource :-)







    St Stivs



    transylvania- ah gie up.:-)


    it was built at Sçotts




  2. Gene



    i just heard that on radio


    melon back down and barry heading to Alloa


    gossip is sayin



  3. SAINT STIVS on 24TH MAY 2021 3:41 PM


    celtic v aberdeen 1937.



    146,000 officially inside – was probably 160,000,


    and 30,000 locked out





    Set a world record for bunnet wearing, in a confined space, that day 😉

  4. onenightinlisbon on

    Hamilton and Killie will be no loss to the league.



    Ban the plastic now.

  5. ZIGGYDOC1 on 24TH MAY 2021 7:24 PM



    Set a world record for bunnet wearing, in a confined space, that day






    there was a bit of trouble outside and the polis were interviewing witnesses ……… did you get a description,



    aye he wiz a wee man with a long coat, and a bunnet, smoking a fag

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    I think Killie’s pitch is the worse of the lot. Ball sticks all over the place, shame because it was one of the best grass pitches in the league

  7. Congratulations to Lille on winning the French Championship.


    Vive les Lillie Boys!


    Ok maybe not. Was lucky enough to see young Tim Weah in the Hoops whilst on loan from PSG I think, and if I am not mistaken score a goal at Celtic Park for the Bhoys. And of course, again if my memory serves me well, he scored against us for Lille, again at the Park, late last year. How many former Celtic players have done that in European football? Answer, not many.

  8. Plastic gone..check.


    Kyle Lafferty “staying up” bonus in the bin…check,


    Tommy Wrights failed..check


    Huns without busfares sickened..check


    That wee clown on Twitter due another attention seeking trant..check

  9. squire danaher on

    CELTIC MAC on 24TH MAY 2021 8:23 PM



    Murdo MacLeod for B Dortmund springs to mind

  10. AN TEARMANN on 24TH MAY 2021 8:17 PM


    from rte






    that is some read.



    I was looking at the numbers who arrived into england at that time.



    Found out my english granda, who’s maternal family originated in cornwall, and i thought of as quintisensially working class english, how own great granda was irish born in sligo, and there was a lot of crossing into barrow as it was a short journey.



    I think i think of it in glasgow and this coasts terms, i had not really dived into the numbers arriving in england.




  11. typed too fast,


    my granda was from barrow in furness, and it was a suprise to find an irish connection 3 generations before him.

  12. SAINT STIVS on 24TH MAY 2021 8:12 PM




    aye he wiz a wee man with a long coat, and a bunnet, smoking a fag





    Cracking photo



    Great score for Dundee. Think plastic pitches could be voted out now, with 11 AGAINST, if they vote on it.

  13. p.205





    2,0000th League goal – Adam McLean


    3,000th – Jimmy McGrory


    4,000th – Jimmy Delaney


    5,000th – Frank Brogan


    6,000th – Bobby Murdoch


    7,000th – Brian McClair

  14. BADA @ 8.42pm



    Used to have some time for Tommy Wright, thought he often came over as a reasonable guy, seemed to get on with Lenny (whom he used to room with on international duty), but if you are happy to dress up like that, in that gear then feck ye.



    Brought to mind a wee incident many a year ago. Heading for Glasgow Uni to see my No.2 son graduating, we were stuck at a crossroads on Argyle St., being held up by the polis because a ‘walk’ was strutting the Queen’s Highway. My wee mother, God rest her, was a lovely, lovely person, but would not tolerate tne mankies in any form. After a few minutes of waiting and watching she piped up “You know, I’m just sitting here watching this lot – every single one of they wummin’ are uglier than the one’s in front and the wummin in front is the ugliest wummin I’ve ever seen. And who ever told them that they suited lilac? God’s got a lot to answer for”.



    Fair cheered up me and Mrs Emeraldbee as wee sat on for the next few minutes!

  15. PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 24TH MAY 2021 8:18 PM


    I think Killie’s pitch is the worse of the lot. Ball sticks all over the place, shame because it was one of the best grass pitches in the league




    Too true. Coming from Bute , we were always told that the turf at Rugby Park came from Kingarth at the south side of the island and was the best pitch in the league. Can’t confirm the veracity of this claim, but I’m sticking to it.

  16. Sky arts celebraring Bob Dylans birthday.



    Chrissie Hynde sings Bob Dylan just now.


    Sky arts is ch11 on smart tv

  17. squire danaher on

    SAINT STIVS on 24TH MAY 2021 8:55 PM



    That’s the commonly accepted list.



    However this has been liable to recent dispute on Twitter and other Celtic sites due to the inclusion of



    1) the 2-1 win in the 1904-5 one-off league decider v Oldco (I would suggest it should) and


    2) the goals from the 5 league games played in 1939-40 (which I would suggest should be bull and void).



    There are suggestions online that A McGeady scored the 8000th sometime in the 2000s and either S Armstrong/S Sinclair scored the 9000th sometime during the 2016-7 Invincible season.

  18. squire danaher on

    SCANIEL on 24TH MAY 2021 8:58 PM



    When I was a lad the commonly held belief was that Rugby Park was the best pitch in Scotland and it was rare for a game there to be postponed.

  19. That looks like an old hun club tie from mintys days that Tommy Wrights wearing in the pboto..eh?

  20. prestonpans bhoys on

    SCANIEL on 24TH MAY 2021 8:58 PM



    To earn some cash I used to be a Killie pool agent, when you went into the office no one stopped you going on the pitch. So from first hand experience it certainly was a great pitch in the 70’s!

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