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. Glen,



    By all accounts the board are doing a fantastic job as some would have you believe, because we haven’t went bankrupt.



    And bet your bottom $ they will leave with a very handsome payoff.



    Things only happened when DD had to get involved.



    You are correct, get your finger out dermot.

  2. PHILBHOY- I would ask the Bhoy where he prefers, and play him every game the season is a write off, give him,Henderson, Robertson, Dembele, as much time as you can,great experience for them,and you might find a gem.HH

  3. “”BADA BING!!






    But don’t think it will happen under current management.



    I would advise any youngster making their way up in football to give us a wide berth.




  4. JF


    Don’t often post much of late, but had to congratulate you on your piece.


    What an eye opener, makes you think into the deeper matters concerning the performance


    of themz.


    Keep the Faith & thanks indeed for your ‘true’ journalism

  5. James F



    A very interesting read. I may have to go over it again in the morning. Take it all in.



    Concerning to consider the longer term health risks.

  6. Good evening moderator 2



    At no point did I call anyone a name or insult anyone.



    Very strange

  7. JF



    Great work and extremely interesting.


    When we played red bull I couldn’t understand how physically fit they were in comparison to the hoops.



    And I’ve been one of the people asking questions of our fitness this season.



    It could well be that we are coming down this season.



    If you see how Leicester are playing this season, BR might have been privy to this info prior to his arrival.



    Who knows.

  8. James Forrest.



    Food for thought. And mine is very hungry as I try to understand not just what has gone wrong at Celtic, but what has happened to turn a rookie manager and average players into a team which finds it very hard to lose.

  9. James Forrest


    Very interesting article, thank you for bringing it up.


    I always had my suspicions but no one seemed to bother with the fact that when Leicester won the league their players were covering 40% more yardage that season than the season before. Extra training or the Ranieri factor?


    Irish cyclist Paul Kimmage mentions in his book about drug taking,that in the Tour de Fance (TDF fot MM) they used caffiene suppositries to give them an instant kick before TDF officials limited them to 3 cups of coffee a day.


    I can assure you that sticking anything in my aerosole would make me go faster too ;-)))

  10. If anybody seriously believes caffeine will help them win the Tour De France or indeed any major sporting event, then they really need to wake up and smell the coffee….

  11. These are really hard times not being able to see Loved Ones.



    Neil, yer a Legend, a Dude who stands up for Celtic.



    The Belleville 3 is Awesome possum.

  12. Celtic Mac



    Agreed you won’t win the TDF on coffee but after 5 or 6 hrs in the saddle the ole caffiene suppositry may give you the kick in the backside!! to finish inside the time limit before elimination ;-)))

  13. Good morning all from a frosty Garngad



    This morning is the Funeral of our beloved Andrea, daughter, mother, grannie, sister, auntie, cousin and friend, much loved by us all. Taken from us at 50years of age much to young.



    May she rest in peace.🙏



    D :(

  14. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    ‘Fans quickly forget’.



    Rest assured, Leigh, I won’t ‘quickly forget’ how your unprofessionalism was the first nail in the coffin of the 10.

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    God rest her soul David


    I’ll remember her when tuning into St Joseph’s Blantyre at 10for daily mass

  16. fourstonecoppi on

    JAMES FORREST on 24TH JANUARY 2021 10:17 PM


    Interesting…as a life long cycling fan and cyclist, theres is no doubt in my mind that this has come to football and has been here for some time.. When we watched some of the teams we played in Europe and think how the hell are they so fast?, it all makes sense. Ye maybe the side coming from Ipox are EPO’d up who knows and maybe Celtic are on the ‘down cycle’ who knows. I think we should all chippy in and rent the Irish writer David Walsh to pursue it like he did Lance or maybe no, we might find the last years ‘stash ‘ under our own bed lol!. Money talks.




    Coincidentally, I saw this yesterday. Looks like Walsh is otherwise engaged at the moment.








    Peter Oborne








    The great David Walsh, chief sportswriter for the Sunday Times who exposed Lance Armstrong after a two year investigation, is turning his attention to Irish horse-racing.


    Quote Tweet


    Times Sport




    · 23h


    Four years after the lack of CCTV cameras had had an impact on the investigation into Foxrock’s two missing shoes, the same issue in the Viking Hoard case affected that investigation, writes @DavidWalshST https://thetimes.co.uk/article/case-of-doped-horse-leaves-irish-racing-facing-some-difficult-questions-2r5732tvs?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1611459720

  18. fourstonecoppi on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 25TH JANUARY 2021 9:32 AM





    Damn…..ah well maybe for the best lol!……..”Wiggins Wiggins Bradley Wiggins, brown bag for Wiggins’…over here boy, shush keep it down, i’m Bradley Wiggins.

  19. David66, SFTB and all those mourning loved ones at this time…



    Truly sorry for your loss, especially at this equally difficult time.