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).

Click Here for Comments >

About Author


  1. papa john



    22:25 on 5 May, 2015




    My take on it, no matter what, they will never be, what they deemed they were, The Supreme Football Club.The power,s that be,SFA , SPFL, MSM, The Ludge,The Estabishment, and anyone else who may venture into the Loaby, or should I say the Wally Staircase,in the Big Hoose.If and when I pop my cork ( 70 next yr ) I will go and meet my maker, knowing no matter how many times they Polish the Brown Brogues,the shine has gone,and on present football matters,heard there is a strong rumour Elbows taken his Coaching Badges and moving to Killie, are Mc Gills buses short of drivers down Ayrshire way, btw they are concerned about missing his talents,brilliant.


    Awerabest PJ









    Yon brown thing they polish isnae a brogue!!!






    HH jamesgang

  2. Mike in Toronto…I Believe There will always be a team from ibrokes…I also believe they will NEVER be a serious rival in my Lifetime..If 58..just my thoughts Mike..m

  3. The huns would go mentol if we signed someone called Jesus. They’d see it as a right fenian name.



    While all the while waving flags with the Star of David and shouting at Bittton that he’s a fenian so and so.



    They just don’t do self awareness!



    Meanwhile my Son would be delighted cos he’d be able to go all ‘Mrs Brown’s Bhoys sweary’ in front of my Sister while playing the plausible deniability card!



    HH jamesgang

  4. Incidentally the wee Mhan was starting to think at the start of the season that that was Stokesie’s first name……



    HH jamesgang

  5. quonno, bgx et al.. the huns are no deid.. they didn’t die on feb 14 2012.. they are still here! the ‘establishment’ wont them die, the smsm won’t let them die, the sfa wont let them die.. This is Scotland, protestant and masonic.. together, all of the aforementioned will cheat and lie, and the filth will be allowed to exist.

  6. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    I think it was suggested on the radio this evening that Callum Murray is finishing up after this season



    Good you might think …..however …more games for Dallas Jnr perhaps



    Any reply from the SFA re McLean’s cheating ?

  7. mike in toronto on

    Geordie …



    as a fan, there is little you or I can do directly …. but, as a club, Sevco were reeling …. we needed the people that run the league to do the right thing, and put them (and us) out their misery …. and if those that run the league weren’t prepared to do so, then those that run Celtic PLC should have done everything within their power to ensure that justice was done ….



    I know that CQN’s favourite expression is ‘dont interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake’, but sometimes, when they are weak is when you have to strike … they were on their knees, and Celtic PLC did not land, or even take, their shot …. at the very least, we deserve to know what was done/not done, and the reasons ….



    personally, I think that sometimes, not interrupting is just PR speak for circling the wagons and covering asses …



    have to run and pick up the better half, but will check back in later.



    Have a good evening, gents.

  8. sipsini



    Good man. I don’t think there’s any reason that a Celtic supporter wouldn’t sign this.

  9. Rangers takeover probe police raid Mike Ashley’s HQ as they step up investigations into Charles Green and Craig Whyte



    22:30, 5 May 2015


    By Mark McGivern , Chris Clements



    DETECTIVES travelled from Scotland to the Derbyshire nerve-centre of Ashley’s huge business empire yesterday as the probe into the two takeovers continues.



    POLICE probing two Rangers takeovers raided Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley’s HQ yesterday.



    Detectives investigating the conduct of Craig Whyte and Charles Green travelled from Scotland to the Derbyshire nerve-centre of Ashley’s huge business empire.



    The two-year inquiry was understood to have centred on Whyte – but now the focus seems to have switched to Rangers’ operations since the club was sold by Sir David Murray in 2011.



    The move has shocked staff at Ashley’s HQ in Shirebrook, Mansfield.



    One worker told the Record: “I noticed a couple of regular bobbies walking around but I didn’t think too much of it.



    “But when I tried to step outside the building at around 11am, I was told I couldn’t leave until a full search of the premises had been carried out.



    “One detective said we could go into the canteen while the search was ongoing but people wanted to know what was happening so we stayed there.



    “At one point, the detective asked if any of those in reception was David Forsey, the chief executive. When we said he wasn’t there, he said we were all free to go.”



    Police Scotland confirmed that officers had searched a property in Derbyshire but would not comment further.



    Newcastle United owner Ashley was revealed as a major shareholder in Ibrox three years ago but there have been efforts to oust him amid the recent takeover by South African-based businessman Dave King and his ally Paul Murray.



    Whyte bought Rangers from Murray for £1 in 2011 but he steered the club into administration in February 2012 and then liquidation in July 2012.



    Green then stepped in to buy Rangers, beating a rival bid by a consortium led by former manager Walter Smith.



    Green’s reign was also turbulent, with controversies including his sale of the name rights for Ibrox to Ashley for £1.



    Green was forced to leave Rangers amid allegations that he had links to Whyte at the time of the original buy-out in 2011.





    2007 – Mike Ashley buys Old Firm tickets at a charity dinner for more than £100,000



    2011 – Ashley and Sports Direct’s renaming of St James’s Park mentioned in reports of changing name of Ibrox



    August 9, 2012 – Reports that Ashley will buy a stake in the club



    Aug 23, 2012 – Sports Direct strike merchandise deal with Rangers



    Oct 20, 2012 – Charles Green announces that Ashley has been green-lit to invest



    Nov 29, 2012 – Reports emerge of Ashley’s “negotiations” for Ibrox naming right



    Nov 30, 2012 – Sports Direct “one of a number” of renaming proposals in deal that could net club £1.5million



    Dec 6, 2012 – Ashley confirmed as third-largest shareholder in Rangers (8.9 per cent) in statement to AIM



    Dec 20, 2012 – Green says he is in talks with up to three companies who want to rename Ibrox, including Sports Direct who are “ready to hand over an initial £1.5million”



    Jan 24, 2013 – Reports that fans back a potential sponsorship deal worth £2million



    Sep 3, 2014 – Record reveals that Ashley bought naming rights for £1 from Green two years earlier.



    Oct 25, 2014 – Ashley offers club £2million loan



    March 3, 2015 – The SFA fine Ashley £7500 for breaking rules on dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle United

  10. ….pfayr supports weeoscar



    22:47 on 5 May, 2015


    Ask any Newcastle fan how generous MA is






    But m’lud he wouldn’t invest out of generosity. He may invest out of pure self interest. In the knowledge that the financial levels in scottish football allied to honest mistakes may offer a far higher yield on very modest investment vis a vis the EPL.



    Hope not.


    Fear perhaps.



    Night Timdom



    HH jamesgang

  11. Big Mike might not like the cops doing their brethren’s work when they turned a blind eye to it under SDM.



    He might just have the balls to take them on.

  12. DD, a fishmonger in Govan has been selling it for a few years now.


    Makes the locals think their teams not dead.


    Powerful drug.

  13. Talk o the deil!


    Not you Big Nan!






    HH jamesgang

  14. jamesgang



    22:54 on 5 May, 2015



    Talk o the deil!


    Not you Big Nan!






    HH jamesgang




    Que Pasa hombre?

  15. Big Nan



    Meanwhile, SDM sails off into the sunset.



    I hope he catches and eats an hallucinogenic fish in whichever Ocean he finds himself!

  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    Only on Friday, they are straight and get slapped wi reality.


    Puir wee zombies.

  17. clogher celt on

    Starry Plough,



    Thanks, sorry I hadn’t seen that.


    Shame he is probably too expensive.

  18. Big Nan


    Is Big Mike not of the Craft, he seems to cover his Work very well.


    Awerabest PJ

  19. Big nan



    The deil we were talking about was MA. Then your post appeared about him.



    And I was trying to reassure you – but failing – that he was the deil, not you!



    HH jamesgang

  20. jamesgang, I am worried about the fact that the name of Craig Whyte comes into this article.



    That young fellow hasn’t got a bad bone in his body.



    Impetuous he may be and can be a wee imp at times, but dishonest………..never!

  21. Delaneys Dunky on




    Hope you are settled home, after your marathon drive/sail back to Ireland.



  22. Big nan



    You’re a bad mhan sometimes!


    I will confess I have no idea who’s now pals with who in this wee stramash.



    Night youngster



    HH jamesgang

  23. The hallucinogenic fish might explain the rationale behind the smoking debate earlier.

  24. Would Jesus work miracles in the CL?


    Or would he be crucified by the MIB every week?


    Would he want to rise for a cross?



    Forgive me father…..