Succession at Celtic


I have no doubt this morning’s press reports on Celtic’s plans for the months ahead are correct.  We are told the club “is planning an overhaul of their football operations in the summer that would see significant changes to their set-up.”  There is a great deal you can surmise from that statement.

“Overhaul… of football operations”, “significant changes”, leaves zero doubt Neil Lennon will be moving on and suggests wider changes are likely.  It is also safe to assume Neil is on-board with this and has agreed to remain in charge until the end of the season, or a suitable replacement arrives.

Neil would not go through this torture were it not out of a sense of responsibility towards the players, several of whom he personally convinced to stay for this ‘important season’.  Malicious talk of holding out for a payoff is well wide of the mark.

What is also clear is that Celtic are not happy to appoint any manager who is prepared to come to the club right now.  This precludes those out of work, or those who are not prepared to ‘Do a Brendan’ and leave their current project with trophies still to be won and lost.

The new industry is not always as helpful.  Last night reports that betting was suspended on Eddie Howe getting the job received plenty of clicks.  Eddie has his eyes on a different target and will almost certainly pick up an English Premiership job this year.  He is as likely to come to Celtic as another fantasy appointment, Mauricio Pochettino, was, before choosing Paris when he could have made his home in Glasgow.  If only it was that easy.

If we take the ‘Get real’ suggestions off the table, I know the photo fit you are working with.  Someone who has over-performed in a different environment, who is technically razor sharp and can bring knowledge of a value market.

They will have a successful track record, one that is short enough that they have not already moved up the food chain, but one longer than Ronny Deila’s mercurial rise at Stromsgodset.  We now know that the skills required to achieve one season of spectacular success is Norway does not automatically equip a manager for what on paper looks an easier task.  The Goldilocks candidate, enough of a spectacular record, but not too much that they have already got their move.

The quick fix if Neil leaves is John Kennedy as interim or someone, like Ronny, who cannot believe he’s been offered the Celtic job.  Or let Neil complete the season and attempt to add the Scottish Cup and leave his second term trophy report reading 6 out of 8.  I am not recommending either option, it’s too complicated to sit on the outside and suggest a fix with any conviction – not matter how convinced this is an easy one, it’s not.

If Neil remains until the end of the season it will not be because he needs the money, or because he deserves the respect of a Celtic hero (although he does), it is because the business of succession has to be settled.  My preference would be to spend these months doing reconnaissance; better to do it right than to do it early, but the galleries have loved a blood letting since the Colosseum, we know how it works.

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  1. TIMHORTON on 23RD JANUARY 2021 2:49 PM



    I think Hammond might go….he’ll be the fall-guy for the recruitment. Maybe justifiably so – I don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes regarding transfers.

  2. one thing i thought of



    If the league is called will that clown Gardiner from Inverness try for null


    and void as he did last season



    Nah didnae think so

  3. If you were starting from scratch the first appointment would probably be a proper director of football (PL need not apply) who would oversee the recruitment of a coach

  4. lets all do the huddle on

    Does Paul write those side articles as well?



    Also, I think many use ` Caesar` intentionally as they think it is more appropriate for our great captain than ` Cesar`.




    tabloid journalists are always quick to tell you they dont write the headlines so maybe P67 has a sub who does the headlines on here



    as for P67 maybe thinking “Caesar” is a more appropriate nickname – thats pretty irrelevant.



    i think a better nickname for me would be superhotwellendowedlover but the fact is no one calls me that so its not my nickname







  5. CORKCELT on 23RD JANUARY 2021 2:04 PM






    Board Members like Bankier will always be around.



    I have absolutely no time for them but they won’t stop me from enjoying my football & supporting my Club.




    Ditto pal , But They are certainly stopping me from enjoying my football . And I don’t mean not renewing my season .

  6. Go tell the Spartim on

    How many anti OE articles does this site ?


    What an absolute affront, I wonder what the motivation is ?????

  7. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Kennedy and McManus? Why not just go the full hog and get the Krankies in as we are clearly courting the Comedy angle.

  8. A very happy birthday, Hamiltontim.



    Whenever I see a picture of the Quality Street Gang I think of what might have been Having 3 genuine World Class players in the one team (and that doesn’t include the likes of the great Davie Hay, Macari and Vic Davidson), we could have been at the very pinnacle of European Football for a generation.

  9. superhotwellendowedlover





    That was funny!



    You could always change your moniker?

  10. lets all do the huddle on






    That was funny!



    You could always change your moniker?




    i would need to change much more than that for it to be realistic!

  11. squire danaher on

    CORKCELT on 23RD JANUARY 2021 1:39 PM






    Anybody who reckons we deliberately threw the League would need their heads





    I’d best be off to the psychiatrist then.

  12. If you want to hear a real good rant, check out “Warren’s Team Talk”.


    Bit of history about the guy. He’s only 52, had a bad stroke a year or so back, lost his dad when he was barely a teenager. Was involved in the Cannon St rail crash where he almost died, lucky white heather right enough!


    He’s an Arsenal fan but when he visited me in Scotland, obviously, I took him to see the Mighty Celtic, where he fell in love big time.


    He started a blog on You Tube about the history of English Football, but todays is worth a watch. A few swearies but I can see it’s very passionate.




  13. GEEBEE 1978



    I would love to know if the coach ok’s the players coming in, if not the games a bogey.

  14. CORKCELT on 23RD JANUARY 2021 1:39 PM




    ‘Anybody who reckons we deliberately threw the League would need their heads examined.’







    If The Great Desmondo had been determined to win the 10, things would have been done differently.



    As it was, he was at best ambivalent on the issue and has allowed things to spiral to a point where they may now be beyond his control.



    Do you not sometimes wonder why Neil Lennon not appointed on his own without any back up staff? How often does that happen in football clubs with any ambition or aspirations?

  15. Some help please regarding the share structure.


    DD has around 34%, i know that and I know there are two types of share, preferential and ordinary shares.


    How is the remaining 66% distributed, hope someone can help me with this please.


    Tanks in advance




  16. Celtic plc’s current issued share capital (as from 06 October 2020) is as follows:



    94,348,548 Ordinary Shares of 1p each (“Ordinary Shares”)


    12,769,089 Convertible Preferred Ordinary Shares of 100p each (“CPO Shares”)


    15,797,924 Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares of 60p each (“CCP Shares”)


    672,852,208 Deferred Shares of 1p each (“Deferred Shares”)

  17. lets all do the huddle on

    Anybody who reckons we deliberately threw the League would need their heads examined










    i knew that comment would get a response from you, you have been steadfast in your responses when folk have made comments on DD/PL deliberately throwing the league or not



    and you do have a point



    where as i doubt they sit in their mansions dancing around when the huns are winning



    i definitely think there is a degree of ambivalence as you put it in how they view it



    which would be a bit of a sad way for the club to be run



    As at 23 October 2020, the Company was aware or had been notified that the following individuals or organisations held 3% or more of the classes of shares comprised in the Company’s listed issued capital:






    Line Nominees Limited


    32,772,073 | 34.74%


    Bank of New York Nominees Limited


    16,812,283 | 17.82%


    Christopher D Trainer


    9,796,784 | 10.38%


    James Mark Keane


    5,909,847 | 6.26%


    Tom Allison


    3,357,505 | 3.56%


    As at 23 October 2020, insofar as the Company is aware, the percentage of securities that is not in public hands is 38.71%.






    Line Nominees Limited


    5,131,300 | 32.48%


    Christopher D Trainer


    2,218,813 | 14.04%


    James Mark Keane


    691,700 | 4.38%


    Bank of New York Nominees Limited


    675,385 | 4.28%





    Line Nominees Limited


    8,000,000 | 62.65%


    Telsar Holdings SA Depfyffer and Associes


    1,600,000 | 12.53%


    James Mark Keane


    815,875 | 6.39%


    Bank of New York Nominees Limited


    500,900 | 3.92%

  19. We’re on the road again



    love celtic ; boll!x to this year- can’t wait to get to CP and am in awe of virtual season ticketholders; you are celtic

  20. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Paul Lambert



    “I’m not going to name names, but I did call one up the other night and told him he was a disgrace. He couldn’t wait to get out of Celtic when the chance to move to England came about. I reminded him of that. I reminded of how much help Lenny gave him both on and off the park.”



    Stan Petrov or Gary Caldwell or somebody else?

  21. The other Scott Brown – Vale keeper – having a nightmare. Clearly at fault for 2 Walsall goals and maybe the other.

  22. lets all do the huddle on

    The other Scott Brown – Vale keeper – having a nightmare. Clearly at fault for 2 Walsall goals and maybe the other.




    if he used his arms as well as our scott brown he might have saved them

  23. 1. Der Hun – 23 points ahead and 27 goals better off.



    2. Us……



    3. Der Dons – 4 points behind with 1 game more played.



    League gone. Lennon keeping us safe in 2nd with a team that’s given up on him?







  24. BIG WAVY



    !!BADA BING!! posted earlier that negotiations on Lennon’s severence were ongoing.




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