We hired a builder


When looking for a new manager, Celtic usually try to fix the biggest shortcoming the previous guy had.  In May 2019, Neil Lennon’s biggest asset was his “eye for a player”.  There were other attributes. he twice got Celtic into the Champions League group stage where he delivered some of the most memorable nights in our European history, but Celtic’s decline started with his predecessor’s inability to sign quality players after the arrival of Scott Sinclair.

When it fall apart last season, Neil seemed unable to imagine how to organise a squad that was performing significantly below the sum of its individual parts.  Apparently simple tasks, like how to organise at defensive set pieces.  The answer to that particular question was Eddie Howe.

Howe took a team of lowly £17m misfits and marshalled them into a very solid unit.  He also had other attributes, but that ability to defend a corner kick was very convincing.

I spoke to Peter Lawwell soon after Brendan Rodgers left and again after Neil Lennon’s departure.  Neither Neil nor Eddie fitted the bill he was initially looking at.  On this occasion, Ange Postecoglou fits perfectly.  Technically proficient, capable of withstanding the intensity of our game, with an ability to make us a far better team three years out than we were when he took over.

It’s that last attribute we recruited yesterday.  Neil and Brendan both left teams that were poorer than two years previous.  We hired a builder.

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  1. Couple of entertaining progs on BBC Scotland last night, first one of our travels to major tournaments, or was it travails, and the second Mr Browns Boys all about 1998. Well worth a watch.


    On MOTD Euro preview though, we were represented by James McFadden, a man with all the personality of a cardboard box. Makes Danny Murphy sound interesting. Give me Martin, Gordon or Brendan any day of the week, those guys can talk football. Might have to tune in to ITV if the Di Broonie is gonna be on.

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    A truly awful article that lacks credibility and show the author ina poor light in my view – it’s a bit like listening to McCoist or Durham Talksport – there are so blinkered and so one sided that there view has no value – sadly the author of that piece may be going the same way.




    i said on here a couple of months back that Paul has become the Adrian Durham of the Celtic blog world



    in that he deliberately says stuff that he knows will noise up Celtic fans therefore getting a reaction by them posting retaliatory comments on his blog



    in the same way Durham does on his radio show to get callers



    but as i also said it’s Paul’s blog as it’s Durham’s radio show and no-one is forced to read/listen/comment/phone them

  3. Huddle


    Indeed it is their ball and can do as they see fit but in this blog world you need credibility- that piece just ignores the reality we’ve all watched unfold over the past 2/3 seasons. In fact it is worse it attempts to rewrite what happened – now where have we seen that before lately…….

  4. JHB on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:06 PM



    Anyone expecting Ange to rebuild on the pitch and off it within one season is seriously deluded.





    You know this for a fact or are you just talking your usual made up pish?



    Seriously, you need to take a breath and get back to FF.

  5. LETS ALL………………….



    Why do you post on here?



    You obviously have no respect for the blog owner and what he posts on his blog.



    If I was you I’d show a pair and fuck off to another blog.



    You deserve it.



    Now………….go on……………..and do one.

  6. A new day!



    What does it hold?



    We shall see!



    Good night to all good Tims and there are a good few on here……………..but there are middens too.



    You know who you are….don’t ye?



    C’MON THE ANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wee prayer said for our friends on here who need God’s help.



    Bless you and take care.

  8. Listening to Smooth Radio with a wee dram in hand.



    I’ve been on taxi duty until 11:0 clock tonight.



    I deserve one (or two!)



    Bed soon!

  9. Would be remiss of me to not welcome Ange to the club, the fans, the city.



    I would urge him to adopt this well known wee motto;



    Nemo me impune lassecit!



    In other words, don’t take no shit and we’ll back you. Build a winning team and we’ll adore you.



    Let the games commence…

  10. LETS ALL DO THE HUDDLE on 11TH JUNE 2021 11:48 PM-




    Surely you would be a lot better off not listening to Talk Nazi. Or at the very least, not giving Talk Nazi the revenue they gain from the neo Nazi scum that tune in.

  11. DREW1967



    I fear he is!



    Hope you are good mate!



    Bed calls!



    Night all!

  12. Vatican News Media.


    Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich: Pope Francis is a beacon of hope for Europe, Scotland is welcome home to roam.




    Speaking to Vatican News after a private audience with Pope Francis, the President of the Commissionof the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union reflects on the Pope’s guidance for the Continent with deep Christian roots in turbulent times.

  13. In the Celtic village the great BR arrived and the villagers rejoiced.shouting “Hurrah, we are saved from the Viking RonDelia.



    The Auld Village Head said ” we’ll see”



    And it came to pass the great BR departed for a bigger village in city of Lee Sester and Kneel of Lennon arrived to take his place.



    And the Villagers cried “ffs woe is on us”



    And the Auld Village Head said ” we”ll see”



    And the Kneel of Lennon won titles and trophies and the Celtic villagers cried ” Hurrah the Tenth doth beckon”



    And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”



    And the Tenth fell by the wayside without a whimper and the villagers cried ” the end is nigh” as Kneel of Lennon departed in a cloud of acrimony.



    And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”



    Hopes undulated with rumours of arrival of Ed of Howe to be dashed after a dragon attacked his new bosses cart and set it aflame.



    And the villagers cried ” Shambles, dodged a bullet or the end has now arrived for me, we are fecked”



    And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”



    Then from the Land of Downunder cames news of arrival of Greek messenger god Ange of Posty Coglou and the Celtic villagers cried ” who the feck is he? Is this a jest, is he a jester appointed by departing King Peter of Thornton Hall (the bassa)?


    We are heading for the Outback. and years in the wilderness.”



    And the Auld Village Head said “we”ll see”

  14. AN TEARMANN on 11TH JUNE 2021 10:45 PM



    Great joke.



    None of that was implied.

  15. My friends in Celtic,



    We called for change.


    We have certainly got change.


    This could be an inspirational choice of manager, alternatively it could be a reckless gamble.



    The new manager deserves our support as he navigates his familiy’s life changing challenge. A totally unusual environment combined with a massive rebuild of our team will not be easy.



    He deserves a chance, subsequently I renewed last night.



    HH to all, the journey begins.

  16. GREENPINATA on 12TH JUNE 2021 6:07 AM


    My friends in Celtic,







    We called for change.







    It’s a change of ownership that’s needed.



    Can’t see how it will happen though.



    Do we know yet whether the new guy will be bringing in any backroom staff?

  17. ERNIE LYNCH on 12TH JUNE 2021 8:03 AM


    “Do we know yet whether the new guy will be bringing in any backroom staff?”



    I suspect you know, ernie.

  18. |….that piece just ignores the reality we’ve all watched unfold over the past 2/3 seasons. ”



    ….and what have we actually won over ` the past 2/3 seasons.` ?



    Bloody Romans !

  19. HOT SMOKED on 12TH JUNE 2021 8:24 AM


    ERNIE LYNCH on 12TH JUNE 2021 8:03 AM





    “Do we know yet whether the new guy will be bringing in any backroom staff?”







    I suspect you know, ernie.








    I don’t.



    Nothing’s been said so the concern has to be that he’s coming in on his own.



    Which would not be a good thing, and any Celtic fan who says otherwise is a liar or a fool.

  20. TONYROME on 11TH JUNE 2021 6:35 PM




    Cheers TONY Bhoy, I havent been out or in a Pub since last Monday.


    I have Blood tests etc on Tuesday ( Not Monday as I thought earlier). I wont go into details but I am doing my best to stay OOT of any hospitals and Pubs. LOL


    The Beer Frenzy may happen in mid July….and hopefully by then Big Ange MAY have sorted oot SOME of the problems at Celtic Park…whos leaving, who we are bringing in etc ?



    I will Post on here, about any Meet/bevvy…and hopefully give folk plenty of Notice ?


    Stay safe young man.


    HH Mate.

  21. ernie


    The word `yet` was important.



    My point was that you do know that we don`t know YET.



    Also, anyone who rates Kennedy is either `a liar or a fool`? Really? Hmm…

  22. HOT SMOKED on 12TH JUNE 2021 8:50 AM








    ‘Also, anyone who rates Kennedy is either `a liar or a fool`? ‘







    Not what I said.



    A manager should be allowed to bring in his own staff.



    If the board won’t allow that they have no confidence in him.



    He’s hobbled from the start.




    Your making assumptions for which you have no background in or knowledge of ….. upping sticks to move round the world for work may not be everyone’s cup of tea , so who knows what discussions have taken place but good to read your well thought out opinion that we’re gubbed before we start ….




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