One lesson on what happens when you undermine your manager in the days before facing Celtic was not enough for Newco, who today let it be known Steve Gerrard is on their shortlist when they tell Graeme Murty he will not retain the job.
One of the worst things for a football club is irrelevance, so this chat about Gerrard has achieved some merit – they are being reported. The ‘news’ may or may not have more substance than earlier news, that Derek McInnes was about to be appointed manager, but giving your supporters reason to believe they are relevant is worth something.
The seven thousand or so who will attend Celtic Park on Sunday (they should be there for the start of the game at least, although they tend to leave en-mass on conceding the fourth goal) will have a sprint in their step for the future. It may even sustain them through what could be a harrowing Celtic experience, comforted in the knowledge that whatever happens, the future is yet to be mapped out.
This plays out differently in the dressing room. Graeme Murty’s authority has been shot. No wonder players can openly question the manager’s ability. Even if this leaking of part of the short list sells a few season tickets, it will do nothing for the team on Sunday, much like Bitcoin bonus codes.
Murty must tactically prepare a team to deny Celtic the chance to win the championship. On his day, he is capable of achieving this, on two occasions now he has taken a point from Celtic Park. But these results were achieved when he arrived on the Celtic Way ahead of a united and embattled squad, with the support of board and fans. Not the players don’t want him, the fans don’t want him and the board don’t even consider the task ahead of him when writing to fans or speaking to the media.
Steven Gerrard is, of course, another Celtic fan/brother and would become Newco’s third successive manager with these credentials. He has been a regular at Celtic games for years. You would be forgiven for regarding this persistent policy as flattery. I don’t see any problems with the appointment.
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Both squads will be managed by a former Celtic player. Date 16 May, 11:00 kick off. All monies raised will be donated to Celtic FC Foundation, a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number SC024648).
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