Risky Ronny, win a new Celtic shirt


I can’t argue with John Hughes winning the Manager of the Year award.  Without glossing over the obvious semi-final issue, he’s taken Inverness to stick-on favourites for the Scottish Cup and, for a while, stuck with Aberdeen in the Best of the Rest fight.  The second half of the season have seen fortunes fade, but this reflects the resource paucity he has, compared to Dundee United or Aberdeen.

What’s just as clear is that Ronny Deila would have been a contender for the award.  Appointing a manager is always a risk.  Gordon Strachan was as safe a pair of hands as you could hope for in 2005, but it took nerves of steel for him to cope with some early reversals.  Tony Mowbray was also a known quantity, who should have done better, but rookie Neil Lennon pitted against experienced Walter Smith was highly risky.  Neil could have sunk without a trace, instead of winning all those trophies.

At least Neil knew the club and the club knew Neil.  Appointing a guy from one of the smallest professional clubs in Europe, totally unknown in the Scottish game until Celtic scouted Stefan Johansen, was an almighty risk.

What we recruited was a philosophy.  Celtic knew how a football team should be prepared, how to recruit, what tactical intelligence was required in a manager, and they travelled to Strømsgodset to find their man.

Had he qualified for the Champions League group stage, I reckon Ronny would have won Manager of the Year, but as this is the standard Celtic managers are judged by, he missed out.  There are no guarantees in football, so qualifying next season cannot be taken for granted, but he should be better prepared.  As should the players.  This is the target, Ronny.


Celtic sponsor, Magners, have offered two of the new home shirts, launched yesterday, as competition prizes.  To win one, all you have to do is answer the following question:

Who is the Celtic assistant manager?

Email your entry to celticquicknews@gmail.com with the name of the assistant manager in the SUBJECT line of your message.  Competition closes at 1pm tomorrow, so you have one day to get your answer in.  Terms and conditions apply.

These are two fabulous prizes.  While you are entering the competition, you might want to donate £1 to our Mary’s Meals school kitchen campaign.  You can do so here.  Thank you.

Many thanks to Magners (who get what we’re about).

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  1. Delaney’s.






    12:28 on 5 May, 2015


    Kevjungle is correct. Broonie is a liability. Looked how well we coped in his absence earlier this year!



    And the Larsson Ghuy was overrated too.






    HH jamesgang

  2. WeefratheTim on




    Honestly, I just logged on and, boom. Cannie remember the last yin, must be years ago. That’s why I don’t bother. :-)))) ninja, I liked that one. Lol.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  3. Gordon J



    Has enough to be thinking about for next season to have little time to consider it.



    Magnanimous enough to not begrudge yogi.



    Sufficiently astute to now know that Celtic often need a knock out to win on points within scottish football.



    HH jamesgang

  4. prestonpans bhoys on




    A podium hunter will invoke DR headlines like “mad mental chicken farmer holds pole position” !!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Delaney’s



    All sorts? What do you mean like!



    You calling me a ninja hun cos I mentioned Brora Rangers?









    HH jamesgang

  6. Weefra



    I’ll hug you at the ict Match.


    If I can spot you!



    HH jamesgang

  7. Delaneys Dunky on




    With any luck, you will lead a politics free blog today. ;))

  8. WeefratheTim on

    prestonpans bhoys



    Lol, it’s one headline I would never manage to read!!



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  9. Paul67:



    Are you saying that Ronny was our first choice as manager after Neil Lennon walked out?

  10. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    In any other Country, Ronny would have been MOTY.

  11. Cathedral View on

    It’s worth remembering that while it’s true Tony Mowbray should’ve done better the level of cheating that season was off the scale even by their normal high standards.



    If we’d recruited Ronny instead of Tony that year I doubt he’d have made it past Christmas.




  12. Hi Paul67,



    No doubt Ronny Deila was a risk, but he has shown his mettle and it’s come good. Think we’ve only scratched the surface with that man’s talents.



    A lot of things are coming good for Celtic, as we don’t have the resources of our English and European counterparts we have to be more innovative, it hasn’t always come off but I think Ronny’s Celtic is a product of this.



    Of course if we had oor old, old firm partner breathing down our neck we couldn’t be taking such risks.



    Long May it continue….



    Hail Hail

  13. WeefratheTim on




    I think you’ll manage. :-))






    No holding ma breath on that. Lol



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  14. weefrathetim



    Hope all went well this morning………..well done on your podium.




  15. prestonpans bhoys on

    looking at the ICT web site their last league victory was 14th Feb, not won in nine attempts since. MOTY stuff indeed………………..

  16. Livibhoy’s post on the previous blog is one of the best I’ve read here. Nail on head.


    Compare that to KevJ or Mick 1888. Who would you go for a pint of Guinness with?

  17. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    12:40 on 5 May, 2015



    Ronny was appointed since he thoroughly impressed our Board during his interview, …..more so than the others invited to interview …..in other words, not necessarily first choice before his interview, but first choice after it (thank goodness)….. HH

  18. Dont you just love Broony.The best answer anyone has hit the hacks with.


    Love the boy.

  19. Gerryfaethebrig on




    12:00 on 5 May, 2015



    Posting an opinion about football, good man, I know a few bhoys who like you are not Scott Browns biggest fans but even though they are genuine Celtic fans they seem happier complaining than celebrating thinks it’s the glass is half empty for them always half full for me, keep those football opinions coming


    Aff oot maself

  20. WeefratheTim on




    Thank you for that, was just giving blood for a cholesterol check. As I said, just logged on at the right time,, couldnae believe my eyes. Hahaha.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    And while I’m on the ICT web site….. why is tonight’s “pre-split” game being played now. They could, like we did, have played it before the semi final…………….

  22. raymac



    12:44 on 5 May, 2015


    Livibhoy’s post on the previous blog is one of the best I’ve read here. Nail on head.


    Compare that to KevJ or Mick 1888. Who would you go for a pint of Guinness with?






    Bobbio Murdoch – cos it’s 15p a pint where he drinks!



    I would of course toast young Livibhoy and even the older more curmudgeonly types!



    HH jamesgang

  23. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    A politician phoned me yesterday ……. I told him to simply “go away”, not wishing to be rude.



    Instead of going away, he replied ” are you saying you won’t be voting ?”



    “If I get a minute between fiddling my expenses, and making the poor poorer’ I will vote” ………. he hung up….hahahahahahaha

  24. WeefratheTim on




    Pure luck buddy. We’re home btw. Usual time if you like. :-)



    Weefra HH ptaying to Wee Oscar.

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