4-in-a-row DVD, out now, for Father’s Day!! Fill your boots.
You and I know how Celtic are reported in the media but it’s seldom we have an opportunity to objectively analyse how we are portrayed in comparison to others. Yesterday’s media conference at Ibrox, was, frankly, irresistible.
Below is a transcript of questions and other comments made by journalists at Ronny Deila’s media conference when he was announced as Celtic manager a year ago, followed by Mark Warburton’s yesterday.
There are a few gems. Care to guess which conference these were put at “you’re actually a strong advocate of not spending and working on a tight budget”?
Or “You said he was at the top of the list – just for clarity, were any job offers made to other candidates?”
Or “There’s an expectation or a fear that top talent… will move to pastures new – is that a fear for you?”
Although to be fair, one brave soul did ask Davie Weir, “How different do you feel this Rangers is to the one you left?”
Let me know what you think. I know what I think…. some clubs are so well run they don’t need campaigning PR companies. Others are up to no good to such an extent they can hardly go through a day without one.
Don’t forget the 4-in-a-row DVD!
Many congratulations Ronny – how do you feel?
What do you feel you can bring to Celtic?
This is your first experience of British football, how big a step up is this for you?
Peter, you’ve been linked with many candidates in the past few weeks, why is Ronny the right man?
Has number two been chosen yet?
Is John Collins a candidate?
How much time are you going to have to put your stamp on the team before the Champions League qualifiers start?
How do you rate the squad you’ve inherited here at Celtic?
Your first task will be to try and get the club to the Champions League – it’s your first experience of the competition, what do you think of the task?
You have three qualifying rounds to get through to get to the Champions League, it’s a difficult task.
Are you Norway’s answer to Jurgen Klopp?
On the issue Peter mentioned about unearthing raw talent, not only have you done that, you’re actually a strong advocate of not spending and working on a tight budget. Is that the case and why is that the case?
You played under Roy Hodgson, did you speak to him – what did you learn from him?
Can I ask you about the process of when you first became aware of Celtic’s interest?
What remit has Peter Lawwell given you as manager? There hasn’t been too much by way of a challenge for Celtic domestically, so what challenges do you face as a manager?
Peter, when did you become aware of Ronny’s abilities?
Was Ronny the only person– (cut off)
Comment made by Neil Lennon in the papers – was Ronny identified to replace Johann, was that the case?
You said he was at the top of the list – just for clarity, were any job offers made to other candidates?
Ronny is it important— (cut off)
Have you started talking to Ronny about what sort of budget he may or may not have?
Have you talked budgets Ronny?
Peter have you established a sufficient budget that can help Ronny?
Ronny what can you bring to Celtic?
I have to ask you about the pictures circulating in the Scottish papers in the past few days – can you explain them to us?
Will you do the same– (cut off)
Do you expect the same here then?
Just in terms of players – there’s an expectation or a fear that top talent like Fraser Forster and Virgil Van Dijk will move to pastures new – is that a fear for you?
You’ve spoken about developing players, things that take time – you don’t have the luxury of a long-term deal, it’s a rolling deal – have you been given assurances that you will be given longer?
What’s more important – results or development?
Many, many, congratulations, I’m sure you’ll be very excited about the prospect, but how big a challenge do you face here?
How easy was it for you to feel that this was the right job for you?
How prepared do you feel you are for the scrutiny you’ll be under here?
What do you feel is your first priority here?
Paul – you have said in recent weeks since you have come in that the club is broken and it needs to be rebuilt – why do you think that Mark and Davie are the management team to take it forward?
Mark – David from BBC Scotland here – at what point did you realise you wanted to be Rangers manager, and did you have any other offers?
And you’ll be expected to win automatic promotion straight away, yes?
And you and Davie have been characterised as good cop-good cop from people at Brentford, how can that help Rangers?
Your background is very different from most football managers, probably more akin to someone who would be on the board – but are there any parallels about how you’ll go about your business as a manager compared to your days as a high flying city slicker?
You said your first priority is to strengthen the squad, some players have left the club after their contracts were up – how far are you down the line at identifying new players?
How confident are you that you’ll be able to get this club promoted at the first attempt?
You’ve signed a two-year contract, how quickly do you think you can get this club back competing at the top of Scottish football?
Mark – what assurances have you been given, if any – about what your size of budget and what you can spend – it’s not just about numbers, it’s about the quality of the players you can get in as well?
David – did you ever believe you would be back here so soon?
As much as anything else, do you feel you’re going to have to help Mark get used to the surroundings of Scottish football and what it means to be at this football club?
How different do you feel this Rangers is to the one you left?
Davie what would you say Mark’s particular skillset it, his particular talent – how does he go about his business?
Did you speak to any of the guys who worked with before here, Walter and Ally?
Mark, what do you know about the players you have here at the moment?
The average age of the players last year was 28, is that something you’re looking to bring down?
So the youth system here is something you’re targeting as well?
There’s also no scouting system here, is that something you’re looking to sort out soon?
Rangers have been criticised in the past for overpaying players, particularly in the past few years, is that culture changing now?
So you reckon you’ll be going for players that are out of contract or loan deals rather than players who are in contract?
Mark, you say there’s no quick fix and it won’t happen overnight, how difficult will that balance be given there is such pressure to get promoted this season?
How many players do you think you need?
Will you be bringing Lewis McLeod back?
What type of footballing philosophy will you bring to Rangers?
There’s obviously been a thing about trying to get fans back buying season tickets, what message do you have for fans?
You spoke about the accent on youth and young players, but Davie played here until he was long in the tooth, will you be looking to bring in experienced players?
In your previous career, you would have been familiar with risk and reward – are Rangers taking a risk in your appointment?
Mark, just going back to your targets, have you been told by Dave King you have to win the league this year?
Will your management style be a bit different to Jock Wallace’s?
Paul – as far as your concerned with the management structure is concerned, you spoke about a director of football is something you would like to move toward, and the academy needs sorted, do you think there could be more appointments further down the line?
It’s already the middle of June, how soon can we see bodies in the door because the first competitive game is in five weeks?