Neil Lennon’s next decision, marquees and sunshine


I hope Neil Lennon takes the Hibs job. He’s a talented coach who has achieved far beyond the expected mark of a 44-year-old. After leaving Celtic two years ago he gave Bolton a temporary respite, rescuing them from immediate relegation before the inevitable happened a year later.

Bolton were on the slide and needed a miracle worker. Hibs, on the other hand, can surely only go one way. Managing a second successive failing club would be difficult to recover from. Easter Road has also allowed Alan Stubbs to enhance his managerial stock, despite not reaching the play-off final in either of his two seasons in charge.

Right now Hibs are a great opportunity for Neil.

No harm meant to Colin Kazim-Richards but the sight of him going through a medical in Brazil was welcome. He was one of a large number of players acquired over the last two seasons who never looked like a Celtic player, on paper, or on the field. It’s best for player and club he moves on.

What kind of times are these? Marquees deployed to protect scores of Celtic season ticket applicants from sunburn. Surely some parallel universe.


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  1. squire danaher on

    Phil Mac site unavailable?



    Under attack?



    They don’t like the bad news ….

  2. Sin City Bhoy @ 4.54



    My posts are that seldom I always, unfortunately, get asked the inevitable question…..and the answer is always a resounding NO (thank God)!



    Agree, re using (appropriate) ex-celts to keep an eye out for far travelled talent – though we would need to be choosy about which ex-celts we listen to (Charlie Nic was always good at spotting talent, as was Frank McAvennie ;-) though would be useless at spotting a decent footballer) :-)



    Now, it bugs me to read posts hoping for Zlatan (it pains me to even type his name in a link to our great club)…


    IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!….can we please stop embarrassing ourselves with such crap?


    Crikey…next we’ll be reading posts that have us in with a shout at Messi and Suarez!!



    Let’s keep it real guys, pleeaassee!




  3. Hebcelt i am merely pointing out oiur own hypocracy. We would laugh at the huns for some if the revisionism we are seeing.



    Paul likes ti tqlk about moving on crao players but not why we ended up with them in the first place.



    Isnt it all a bit disengenious?



    Arent we supposed ro be better than this?

  4. Just had a look on the ticketmaster website for our season tickets and the OCD in me started counting how many available seats are still left for purchase.



    Section 413 – 289, Section 411 – 168, Section 412 – 113, Section 443 – 104, Section 445 – 89, Section 414 – 67



    Section 409 – 53, Section 402 – 40, Section 408 – 29, Section 403 – 26, Section 437 – 23, Section 442 – 19



    Section 438 – 17, Section 401 – 12, Section 439 – 8, Section 441 – 6, Sections 409/404/138 – 4



    Section 410 – 3, Section 122 – 2, Sections 143/101/109/114/123/405 – 1



    All in the available Seasons Tickets left available are – 1091

  5. Or maybe hebcelt we really are a different side of the same coun as the media keepa telling us.



    Now where is that spandex?

  6. CLYDESIDER on 7TH JUNE 2016 5:31 PM



    It’s a slight pointless exercise, it’s been changing all afternoon. At one point there was only 3 available in the whole lower tier, as I look now it’s gone back up to 10.

  7. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Phil’s article from cache …



    The Admirable Warburton takes a well earned rest



    Apparently there was some breathless reportage today about Ashley being “humiliated” on the Rangers Retail deal.I checked in with my Shirebrook guy, and he made a quick apology to me. This was because the last time we had spoken briefly on the phone, he had forgotten to appraise me of a development.



    He said that when this advert appeared in the Times of London that there had been a quick conclave on Planet Ashley.Essentially my chap said to me that he expected another Sports Direct person to replace Big Mike on the board of Rangers Retail Limited. “This will put another layer between him and any possible litigation” he said.



    That possible legal action was characterised by one senior Sevco employee recently as “insane”. What I suspect IS being prepared at Shirebrook is a rather large invoice for unsold merchandise. It will be in the hundreds of thousands as opposed to millions. However, given the tight margins at Sevco, it will not be a welcome missive.


    That’s for sure.



    As of this morning, I am told that no one in Ibrox had heard from the Admirable Warburton since immediately after the Scottish Cup final. Some people at the Big House believe that they have seen the last of the ex-City trader. However, I’m sure that there is a perfectly innocent explanation to him being incommunicado as opposed to being in Govan.



    It is heartening to know that this very well run football club can afford their supremo that degree of peace and quiet to recharge his dignified batteries. Chapeau!



    Once he does re-emerge all refreshed and ready to have a tilt at the SPFL Premiership then no doubt the intrepid Fitba Fourth Estate will have lots of questions for him. They night want to ask him about his transfer budget and his own remuneration package.



    If any of these award winning types want a pointer or two then the terms “capital budget” and “operating budget” would be good terms to bring up in conversation with the ex-City trader. They certainly will be familiar to him. The Admirable Warburton knows that the sums at Ibrox do not add up.



    Regular readers here will know of the seasonal SEvco financial crisis. This has been extant since February 2014.


    Moreover, the ex-City trader has told the chaps in the Blue Room that he will need a bigger squad for the top flight. So far this has not happened.



    Meanwhile across the city Celtic struggle to cope with the ignominy of season ticket queues a REAL transfer budget and a new manager who has English Premier League experience.



    There are times when I almost feel sorry for the stenographers.

  8. WEEMINGER on 7TH JUNE 2016 5:33 PM


    CLYDESIDER on 7TH JUNE 2016 5:31 PM



    Now back to 4. Essentially sold out though.

  9. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Sitting here in sunny,red hot Costa Blanca not a happy bunny! Just found out from daughter No.1 that she hasn’t got a season ticket for the forthcoming season DESPITE BEING ON A LIST OF THOSE WISHING A ST FOR 2016-17 SINCE MARCH!! A strong e-mail to Angela at the TO who told daughter that was the way and that she (Lesley not Angela ) was on the ‘waiting list’ Load of tosh! Worse I changed my ST from Full to Concession. More bloody hassle. Breweries and organisation spring to mind!

  10. * Mr Mourinho shouted the Portuguese phrase “filha da puta” at her (Dr Carneiro), which means “daughter of a whore”.



    * Mr Mourinho conceded that he used the term.



    *The (English) FA ruled “the words used do not constitute discriminatory language”.



    Maybe The (Scottish) FA isn’t so bad…..



    No wait, scrub that.



    Oh! and don’t panic.

  11. Neganon 2



    Lazy journalism?



    Chasing down the SFA who refused to answer questions from the Resolution 12 guys for years.



    Crowd funding an ad campaign and despite a blocking campaign got the ad approved in Swiss newspaper on the day of the SFA AGM.



    Providing an opportunity to influence what happens next at UEFA. The four guys have fulfilled their objectives getting it to UEFA.



    Having a commitment from Celtic that they will speak. The sooner the better. BRTH has ants in his pants waiting.



    Realising that the same club myth can be blown away here and briefing other sites on this so they can attack on their flanks, some like James Forrest of this parish with considerable style.



    Dealing with media who have been required to say nothing about Res12.



    Getting ready to utilise the shameful 5 Way Agreement against them all.



    Organising a nice logo and then selling and fulfilling tshirts to support four guys who have got deeper and deeper into this financially and need our help. What size will I keep for you?



    Or are we too lazy to bother?

  12. Paranormal activity at Silverburn Shopping Centre. Drat , it’s a wuman dressed in black. For a minute I thought the riddle of where the loaf had disappeared to had been solved.



    Anyway I bet Bomber Brown charges more to haunt a hoose than she does.



    No disrespect to any ghosts intended.




  13. Masty i think consistency is important in good times and bad. Something that our host and indeed many in the blog seem to have misplaced.



    A weird inverted sense of triumphalism has emergee.



    Even though not that much has qctuqlly changed.



    I hope paul has loads of squirrels left cos he will need every last one of them.



    Making mistakes is inevitable. Not leqrning from them is unforgivable.



    Cqn doewnt even wqnt to talk about mistqkes.



    Lazy lazy journalsim……..

  14. Neg


    WC has just answered some of your concerns, obviously patience is summit you don’t possess nothing wrong in celebrating selling the place out.

  15. Not arsed about Neil Lennon’s career in football. Did work for us then left. That’s it.

  16. I for one not happy with Celtic selling out most areas of ground.


    I like to spend first half watching game from 409,second half roon at big G’s in 442.




  17. Lennon to Hibs?



    Took a gamble going to Bolton, IMO.


    Commendable first season, but on a hiding to nothing last season.


    Now finds himself out of work, and nobody in England is chapping at his agents door. Left with the predicament of being offered the Hibs job. Does he take it, knowing success would entail promotion, and pitting his wits against his old club the following season?


    Or does he hold our for a lower league English side (or offer from low level club abroad)?



    Mmm. I’d prefer to be in a job, than not – but not convinced Hibs is right club for Neil. Might not be the goldfish bowl he experienced with us, but he’d still get aggro working in Scotland.

  18. coolmore mafia on

    winning captains – can you post some of the ‘fan mail’ for our amusement please?

  19. Neganon2



    Breaking 50k season tickets for the first time in years, top class managerial appointment, five titles tucked away it seems your reasons for being a deserter and not going to support Celtic are a bit flimsier by the day.



    Your agenda just doesn’t work, looks like you picked a bad time to quit Celtic ( again )

  20. Still some left according to website



    Tens of thousands of fans have already guaranteed their seats in Paradise for the upcoming season, showing their support for the new manger as he looks to bring more silverware, as well as UEFA Champions League football back to Paradise.


    There’s still time for you to get behind the Rodgers revolution by booking your place at Celtic Park for the 2016/17 season with Standard Season Tickets available from £416.


    Regardless of whether you’ve been a Season Ticket holder in the past or are looking to sign-up for the first time, you can now secure one for the campaign ahead and take advantage of the great member benefits.


    A 2016/17 Season Ticket is the only way to guarantee your place in Paradise for all the big moments throughout the season with a guaranteed right to buy for all European home games. This is just one of the many benefits available with a 2016/17 Season Ticket – visit celticseasontickets.co.uk to find out more.


    There are a number of ways to get your hands on a 2016/17 Standard Season Ticket:


    ONLINE – Beat the queues by visiting eticketing.co.uk/celtic to buy your Standard Season Ticket (full payment required when buying online).


    BY PHONE – Call our dedicated sales line on 0871 226 1888*. Lines open 8am – 8pm, Monday to Friday.


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    Supporting Celtic isn’t a choice, it’s a commitment. It’s part of your past, your present and your future, so join Brendan and the Bhoys in Paradise for 2016/17 and continue to be Forever Celtic!


    *Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fee’s apply online and via the sales line.

  21. VOGUEPUNTER on 7TH JUNE 2016 5:54 PM


    I for one not happy with Celtic selling out most areas of ground.



    I like to spend first half watching game from 409,second half roon at big G’s in 442.








    Aye,that’s so you knew you wouldn’t be back in the pub before him and have to put your hand in your pocket :-)






    And all this without Celtic contradicting the same club narrative.



    Wonderful isn’t it!



    And in a couple of years time it will be just like nothing ever happened.



    Wait and see.

  23. Another scorcher in Berlin. Anyway nice cold Pilsner in front of me so life is good.



    WINNING CAPTAINS keep up the good work Mair t-shirts can be ordered as required. Nobody should be out of pocket for this campaign.

  24. VP – lol. Hope you are well – exciting times ahead for next season. Hope to see you in Chapmans sometime soon. Give my best to Big G. Hail Hail

  25. STV lead with the Mike Ashley grilling.



    Why? Because of implications with his Scottish workforce?



    Nah. Because of his connection with ‘the Rangers’ of course…



    By the way – that was some performance by MASH. Brilliantly done. Giving the talking heids their position, making them feel valid and imposing, that their questions and critique were having an effect on this big, somewhat clumsy ingenue who was manfully trying to cope with the scale and speed of his everday business’ rise to household name plc.



    Sheer Khan doing a very believable impersonation of Baloo Bear.

  26. As a serial quitter why oh why does neganon get the attention he does? Surely no one considers it to be warranted.

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