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. theglasgowcelticway on

    Would like to see Celtic putting down a marker by thumping Aberdeen again this Sunday.

  2. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Sorry if this is a double post but I was interrupted when typing about an hour ago.


    It was along the lines of:


    Happy birthday, Paul. Blair , Souness and Clooney as your birthday compadres?


    I would suggest George is the one with whom you have most in common 0:-)


    Have as good a day as is possible. You deserve it.








    Aye,mate. Me too.



    And-bearing in mind where the Celtic fans are situated-I’d joooost love another BEACHBALL SUNDAY!!!!

  4. My friends in Celtic,



    Re ST renewals from yesterday ( I think )



    Phone 0141 230 1967 and choose option 1.



    The whole transaction took less than 3 minutes.




  5. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    I remember as much from the day I was born as I do regarding yesterday!



  6. Paul. you must be pleased that so many people were jumping up and down with joy on the day you were born. Only one person had a real headache that day. After the game he went back to Italy thinking “How can I possible find a means to beat these Lions in Lisbon?”.

  7. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Have a good one Paul !!



    Does this mean you are now Paul68 ???




  8. Typical struggling to get a ticket for Sunday because of the allocation cut and the sheep can’t even sell there tickets, raging

  9. weebobbycollins on

    Happy Birthday Paul. I remember well the day you were born. I got wonderfully wet and wasted…have a good day.

  10. leftclicktic on



    Thank you for this place





    The Battered Bunnet




    09:45 on 6 May, 2015




    The interesting thing about the Police raid on Sports Direct is that it relates to the circumstances around Charles Green’s acquisition of the assets from D&P.



    Perhaps Uncle Mike provided the ante that Charlie needed to complete the deal? Who knows.



    The legitimacy of the ‘novation’ of Sevco 5088′s rights to buy the assets to Sevco Scotland has been the subject of much speculation, 5088 having ‘irrevocable’ rights in that regard.



    In the event – and with the passing if time it becomes less likely – that the novation is deemed to have been unlawful, a shedload of stuff hits the fan at speed.



    We know, for example, that SD currently owns the ‘Rangers’ IP rights – that is, the current club calling itself Rangers FC does not own the rights to call itself ‘Rangers FC’, having given them to SD as loan security.



    It’s entirely possible that, at law, it never has owned these rights.



    That would make for all manner of merriment.




    How much merriment can a Tim take ?


    Plenty more here :))))))))


    has the word UTTERING been mentioned latrly, just every time I here of plod being involved with them ,that word jumps into my head thanks to this place and TSFM.

  11. Cometh the hour……cometh the man.



    Happy Birthday Paul67.



    The Celtic family is in your debt. Keep fighting the good fight

  12. Happy Birthday Paul :-)Have a good day and enjoy with the family Thanks for this place :-)




  13. South Of Tunis on




    Birthday greetings from Montalbanoland.A nice 36 degrees at 1pm…I shall scoff a lemon granita in your honour.



    Auguri !

  14. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    I am oozing confidence that Sevco will not be promoted this year.




  15. Happy Birthday Paul67!



    Don’t recall any info on you popping into the world……………………..



    but I do recall Jinky nutmegging big Hynd!



    Have a good one Mhate.

  16. Paul67



    Feliz cumpleanos from sunny pairts.



    We live the most interesting of times.



    Did I ever mention I saw Puskas heid in the same kind of chance at Hampden in 1960 that his successor hit the bar with v Juve last night?

  17. TD67



    On your very valid point of no arrests, it’s the amount of lies that need to even be recognised as such in the first place that slows down the wheels of justice.

  18. FourGreenFields on

    Seen a few posts last night regarding the query Celtic sent to the SFA regarding the officials decision at the semi final not to award Celtic a penalty and send off the ICT player , I received this as part of a response to an email I sent asking if the club has received a response yet .



    “In terms of the referee decision the response was basically that the officials didn’t see the handball and therefore couldn’t give a penalty or red card. Ultimately it gets to a point where you can’t prove otherwise so it becomes a moot point to continue with it, the fact remains that we were right to ask. ”



    Looks like the club will not be taking it further , really disappointed in this decision by the club . If as they claim none of the officials seen the incident then why was the case dropped after the ICT players lawyer claimed some of the officials had indeed seen the incident meaning no case should have been raised in the first place .


    Something stinks .


    I see that COLIN HENDRY who has been charged with assaulting his former girl friend is not EX RANGERS PLAYER, in fact i’m surprised he’s not an OLD FIRM PLAYER with a photo of CELTIC PARK in the backdrop.

  20. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Just popped in to wish our host happy birthday….. So happy birthday Paul67



    Messi for the hoops



    Hail Hail