There is money to be made from Celtic. You don’t need to be a player or one of the backroom staff, you don’t even need to sell flags and scarves outside the ground. If you are going through a major story drought and can attach a name to the vacant manager’s job, chances are you will create your two biggest stories of the year.
The same is true of the betting markets. If he leaves Newcastle, Rafael Benitez (third favourite for the Celtic job), has options in China that would make him inordinately wealthy within a season. He is not coming to Glasgow.
Roberto Martinez (fourth favourite for the Celtic job), is manager of Belgium – who top the Fifa rankings. He will take some of the most gifted footballers in the game to the Euro 2020 finals in June and July next year. If he gave that up to come to Celtic he would fail every professional criteria you would want in a Celtic manager. This is simply not the time for Roberto, he and Rafael feature on the betting markets purely to take cash from the gullible.
Jose Mourinho fits the profile of the Benitez and Martinez stories. He is pure 100% show business, a bankable commodity – if you and a journalist or a bookmaker.
What I know for sure is that Celtic want the treble and will do no more than send out holding messages until after the Scottish Cup Final. This is a chance to record another remarkable historic achievement, the Treble, Treble.
Jose could alight at Dalmarnock Station this afternoon but he would not be getting an interview for the Celtic job. Nothing will interfere with Neil Lennon’s preparation for the Cup Final.
Allan McGregor’s sending off yesterday was a truly awful incident but it is wholly the responsibility of the SFA Disciplinary Panel. McGregor has been doing that all season, including against Kristoffer Ajer at Celtic Park.
The Disciplinary Panel decided not to take action, perhaps rendered mute by the sheer volume of red cards shown to other Newco players, but in doing so they established that this was acceptable behaviour. Allow spoiled brats to kick others without consequence and they will continue to kick others.