On Thursday I wrote Brendan Rodgers ‘will be a remarkable signing’. One day after the event, it feels very remarkable. Some found it so remarkable they have attempted a smile for the first time since Artmedia took the lead. I’ve even spoken to Newco fans who were engaged by the appointment. The aphorism, a rising tide lifts all boats, feels apt.
Some weeks ago I heard Peter Lawwell talk about the difficulty of landing a top tier manager in our current environment, however, he finished with a positive “But we are Celtic”. People want to come here; managers, players, even tourists. For all the Scottish game’s limits, we are Celtic, let’s not forget.
We’ve used some of that cachet to bring people to the game. There will be more cameras, more reporters, more international media, more TV viewers and many more glutes on seats next season. This will reflect on all.
Our media rights are worth more today than they were a week ago. Consider for a moment how Dafabet and Magners view yesterday’s news? For all they knew when they signed their shirt deals, we could have had Owen Coyle in charge next season, unless his auntie told them otherwise [an old CQN in-joke].
I’m pleased to hear so many comments that this is a sign of ambition, although ambition is always more nuanced than it appears. Ambition every year is to win the league and qualify for the Champions League, that’s always the plan, whether it happens, or if it’s only half achieved. Hopefully the ambition is loaded with a little authority this summer.
Sannabhoy asked me to pass on these comments on behalf of the Kano Foundation to the CQN community:
“To round the season off the Kano Foundation had a visit from Almore to present us with a donation from the Dublin 1916 CQN gathering on Sunday for the sum of £580.
“As you know, this event, to commemorate the Easter rising of 1916, was organised by CQNers Almore and ClogherCelt, and featured 30 CQN members among the 70 scots who travelled over to join the 120 locals at the festivities. A brilliant time was had by all (just to rub it in to the absentees).
“Brian Ainslie, trustee, is pictured here receiving the cheque from Almore and Delaney’s Dunky.
“On behalf of The Kano Foundation it gives us great pride and pleasure to accept this fantastic donation. We appreciate the numerous good causes that are out there and to be beneficiaries of this, and the historically significant events it commemorates, is humbling and makes the efforts of the patrons, ambassadors, volunteers and trustees worthwhile.
“To Martin Connor and Alan Curran, who organised it, we’d just like to say, on behalf of the almost 5000 kids we have taken to Celtic Park, thank you very much. Without support like yours we couldn’t continue to do this. Hail Hail.
“On that note, I’m away for a kip until next season – I’ll need it – we can take 2000 kids next year . HELP!!”
What a stunning community you are. Well done.