Wind of change set to blow through Lennoxtown


There appears to be nothing more than a desire to move-on behind Johan Mjallby’s decision to leave Celtic at the end of the season but it leaves the original four man coaching team of Neil Lennon, Alan Thompson, Mjallby and Garry Parker reduced down to two.  The management team needs to be rebuilt.

Assistants do more than just put the cones out and get players go through their paces.  They are an extra pair of eyes and ears, at the side of the field and in the dressing room.  When they are most effective, they are a source of learning, bringing improved techniques and ideas into the club, forcing the manager to reconsider established practices.

Strip some of the greats of their productive partners and they proved to be prosaic underachievers; Cough without Taylor was a sorry sight.  By contrast, Ferguson played the assistants’ game perfectly, swapping them every few years to enhance his stock with fresh flavour.

Alan Thompson was not directly replaced but irrespective of the speculation which constantly surrounds the club, a wind of change will blow through Lennoxtown this summer, filling the gaps in the original four man team.

If you’ve wondered about getting involved with some of the charity events surrounding the club there is a perfect opportunity coming up.  The Foundation is having a badge day at the Dundee United game on Sunday 11 May.  This is an important opportunity to anchor the ethos of the club to its roots by engaging thousands of Celtic fans in the simple act of buying a badge for charity.

All monies raised will go towards supporting those afflicted by homelessness in the Glasgow area.  I volunteered to help on the day and offered to put the word around, over 100 bucketeers are needed.  If you want to help, all you’ll need to do is turn up early for the game, wear a hi-vis vest and hold a bucket, but I can assure you, you’ll enjoy it.  Email the foundation with your name and phone number: cfcfvolunteer@celticfc.co.uk .

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    The supporters who decide-with deep regret-not to renew are entitled to do so.



    I don’t think that any Celtic fan who has held a ST then gives it up does so with anything less than deep regret. Nor will it make them less of a Celtic fan,just one without a ST.



    The reasons are usually to be found in perceptions of how the club deals with certain situations,no matter which club.



    Celtic are battling on more fronts than most,having to deal with concerns from supporters about so many topics.



    For instance.



    Transfer policy. We are a selling club. How do you build a team with that mindset?



    Who decides who comes and goes,is Neil left with pretty much Hobsin’s Choice when his main targets have been disallowed?



    The OB Act. Without going into details,just how much have Celtic p….d off the support over this?



    Motherwell,Rennes,Dundee. And various others. Open season on our fans. Board encourage it by their reaction.



    The Old Firm. Ffs. Have some gumption,tell the world what you know and hire some lawyers.



    I could go on,the above is merely scratching the surface. And I reckon such as MWD would happily supply other examples of disillusionment.



    But,for me,chucking the ticket is helping a damaged game damage Celtic.



    Please don’t,please renew. Don’t let anyone think that their demise is damaging us.



    Having said the above,I respect your opinion,and your reasons behind that.



    Come along to the dayoooot on the tenth and I reckon it will be a hot topic.



    Till the choons start anyway….

  2. John collins for assistant manager ?



    I like that idea.. Still think our bhoys could be alot fitter and faster with the right help. Espically commons.

  3. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12


    12:43 on


    23 April, 2014



    Let’s be pedantic about this, since it resolves around use (or not) of the the word “the”.



    Pedantry point one – the company in liquidation is RFC 2012 PLC


    Pedantry point two – that company was previously called The Rangers Football Club PLC



    It’s actually now in our interests to promote the separate club and company now. As it’s going to allow the company to transfer the fixed assets from the club without too much protest.

  4. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12



    I have been going to the games since the mid seventies, I am also a season ticket holder in ES2 since 1987, shareholder, signed Resolution 12. Couldn’t attend CQTen as away on business.



    I would never harm my club by withholding season ticket money on this basis, my opinion. Rangers or The Rangers its a small distinction, whatever the club do they cannot win.



    I need glasses so I am myopic, the brain cells over the years for sure have deteriorated but not to the extent that you suggest.



    Maybe see you at the Hootenanny in May, where I am sure we can discuss differences of opinion more amicably over a pint.




  5. Can I Have Raspberry On That Champions League Ice Cream @ 13:06



    wow – remind me not to even so much as fart next time I’m at the airport. internet bampots wherever you look! ;-)



    not that I would ever pass wind in public of course!



    HH jamesgang


    While I remember….






    john o’neil



    11:14 on 23 April, 2014


    Morning all.



    I see aul Tony Blair wants to bomb yet another country. Couldn’t somebody just give him a video games console instead?






    I did like that one!

  7. Bawsman



    I agree with you re. Davie Hay. I always said there should have been a place for him at Parkhead in some capacity or other. Yes, his scouting network was excellent, he learned a lot about that when he worked in Sweden/Norway?, well, somewhere in Scandinavia!!




  8. Hmmmmmmmm



    Rangers boss Ally McCoist set for budget showdown with chief executive Graham Wallace


    Apr 23, 2014 09:14 By David McCarthy 27 Comments












    THE Rangers manager will meet with chief exec’ Wallace over the next couple of days to find out how much money he will have to spend on players this summer.



    SNS Group/Rob CaseyRangers manager Ally McCoist


    ALLY McCOIST will hold budget talks with Graham Wallace in the next 48 hours – as the Rangers chief executive confirmed his 120-day review into the business of the club has been completed.



    Wallace didn’t shed any light on its findings but McCoist, who watched his team beat Ayr United 2-1 at Ibrox last night thanks to a Bilel Mohsni double, confirmed talks will be held before the weekend to determine what kind of budget he will have for his assault on the Championship next season.



    McCoist said: “I haven’t spoken to Graham yet but there’s no doubt I will sit down with him before the end of the week. We plan to meet tomorrow or Thursday.”



    In last night’s match programme, Ibrox chief Wallace made it clear



    the club would, as 
promised, update fans 
on the review on Friday.



    He said: “We have completed our review and the board has been engaged in developing the future strategy to equip the club to be competitive once again at the top of Scottish football.



    “As announced, we will be issuing an update on the business review later this week to give supporters more insight into both the current position of the club and, more importantly, our future aspirations.”



    However, the Union 
of Fans group issued 
leaflets to supporters entering Ibrox last night, describing the board’s review as a diversion.



    The leaflets read: “The so-called review was always designed to buy the board time – it’s an insult.



    “It has been timed so that fans only have days to consider it before the season-ticket deadline.



    “The timing is intended to panic season-ticket holders into renewing.”



    Meanwhile, McCoist admitted Rangers’ display last night wasn’t up to the standard he expects but he admired how his players found a way to win.



    He said: “For long periods we weren’t great.



    “We were disappointing and I didn’t see any real urgency about us in the first half. We were better in the second half but not by a lot. However, in Mohsni we had a matchwinner.



    “That wasn’t the level of performance we were looking for but they found a way to win again. That is a great habit to get into.



    “There have been great teams here in the past that haven’t played well but found a way to win. That’s really important.”



    Ayr boss Mark Roberts said: “We deserved something. In the first half we were brave in the way we defended and passed it.



    “On another day we could have scored three in the first half but to lose two goals from set-pieces was disappointing.”



    Roberts was involved in a touchline flare-up with Gers goal hero Mohsni but the Ayr boss played down the incident, saying: “I couldn’t understand a word he was saying.



    “He kept throwing the ball to me – I thought we were playing basketball. I just gave him the ball back but he couldn’t catch it. But he had the last laugh.”





    Only if someone treats him to an atlas with the relevant page highlighted.

  10. Rennesgate was a strange one. We were reported to UEFA for “offensive” chanting singing by the police matchday commander! Is this a first?


    I was near to the GB section and I didnt hear anything that could be considered offensive.


    The match was on TV but Ive never seen or heard anything from the coverage of that game to back up the police claim. That is strange.


    And our board went along with it. Why, I do not know. And we got another black UEFA mark against us.

  11. williebhoy supporting Wee Oscar on

    Regards the assistant managers vacancy, I would like to think we are searching the blobe for someone with good tactical nous, ideally someone from abroad (France / Spain even Holland) to give us a better awareness in Europe. However I think it will already have been decided with Peter Houston having been brought in and now given some time to settle in and learn how we currently operate.



    Arsenal have recently appointed a dutchman as their new HOY, clearly the Dutch are better than us in bringing players through from 18-19 into the first teams. We lose too much potential talent at this stage, keeping players until they are 21-22 before giving them the opportunity.



    Given our huge advantages over all domestic opponents, I fear we are missing out on a great opportunity to build a real dynasty and reap the best of the young talent in Scotland.

  12. Billy Bhoy 05 on

    billy bhoy 05



    13:24 on 23 April, 2014





    12:50 on 23 April, 2014





    1961. England 9 Scotland 3.






    Maybe kidding but still funny

  13. I’m a big fan of Davie Hay… but the in recent Jock Brown podcasts on Celtic Underground it was strongly suggested that Davie was a source of the many board level leaks to the press at the time of Fergus.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on




    The blobe’s no search for an assistant manager.



    Anyway, if you want a Dutch technician, what about René Meulensteen?

  15. Bawsman 09:58 on 23 April, 2014



    Billy Bhoy 05………….From the last blog……….You use the term “us Scot’s” implying that people who do not agree with you are ‘not Scot’s’, what a sad wee world you inhabit





    Bawsman, the same poster also posted yesterday, instructing all on the board who were Independence minded that Ernie was to be ignored because nobody knew who he was, and he never answered questions. Comedy Gold.



    The same poster posted a link to an article by his 17 yr old son which apparently extolled the benefits of the campaign that his father promotes. Comedy Gold.



    When you are angry – your world is always very small.




  16. Any one that believes a word that came out of Jock Browns mouth needs ez heed looked at, if there was one thing that I thought fergus fecked up on it was that little rats basturt Brown, a sleekit wee bassa of the McCoist mould, a low life scum bag of a man a pimple on the erse of the world, less spoke of the better.





    My Dad and my uncle were with me at the match.



    Despite being founder members of a certain Celtic supporters club in Ayrshire where you couldnae get on the bus unless you knew the choons,both are vehemently opposed to them being sung at Celtic Park nowadays.



    Time and a place is their argument. And the place that night was directly beside 111.



    None of us heard a word sung which would raise their ire. Nor that of the officers-plenty,btw-who surround that section.



    Put up job,a first year law student could have got us off on appeal.



    In fact,IIRC,the judgement begged an appeal!



    Nope. None.



    Hence,next time no longer first offenders.

  18. RWE


    13:29 on


    23 April, 2014



    When you are angry – your world is always very small.



    Just invade and colonise it makes the world smaller…………….no borders





    See,not that difficult to agree with each other,is it?



    Though I admit,you described him much better than I could have.

  20. antipodean red on

    Robinbhoy and Embramike,



    You guys are posters that I would normally enjoy reading, unfortunate to see two good Celtic men coming to virtual blows. I hope that you both go for Robinbhoy’s suggestion that you share a beer and discuss at the next hootenanny, if you think I should mind my own, fair enough. Who’s buying the beers?




  21. My God. I have just watched a useful idiot called Marcel Cartier discussing his guidedvisit to the vile North Korean regime. This clown was extolling its virtues on Russian tv. He claims there is no homelessness or drug addiction. How dumb are these useful idiots.



    Enjoy the day everybody.

  22. Afternoon CQN, wish Johan all the best in what he chooses to do next;



    always thought that Fergies success was down to bringing in assistants/coaches who were from different backgrounds and countries to keep supplying new ideas. hope Neil does the same and goes for someone like René Meulensteen ; a guy who can help with both the European games and the domestic cup games where, this year, I felt we were naive in our team linups and selection.



    anyway looking forward to the weekend and getting back to Celtic Park to watch the Hoops




  23. See that’s why I don’t go ti these hootenanny things, people hittin people oan the arse wi doors? Yi canny bi dain that, actin like Huns, it’s a blog Ffs, grow up.

  24. The Battered Bunnet on

    I see today that some clever-clogs in the home economics department of Trinity College Dublin has managed to make graphene in a food processor.



    Betya it wasn’t as good a Mary Berry’s though.



    Anyway, it reminded me of the guy on Tomorrow’s World way back when who had created a compound from everyday household chemicals that was super-resistant to heat. The demonstration included coating an egg in the material and turning a blow torch flame on it for a couple of minutes, then cracking open the egg to reveal.. it hadn’t been affected by the heat. I’m pretty sure you’ll still find the footage on youtube.



    The material was coined ‘Starlite’ and was promoted as some new super-insulator, apt for coating space shuttles and oven gloves alike.



    It’s inventor, Maurice Ward, steadfastly refused to reveal the formulation, and no one has been able to reproduce it since, despite some of the biggest global chemicals companies trying every perm of bleach, baking soda, boracic acid and the regulation measure of Toilet Duck.



    Maurice died in 2011, taking the secret with him to his grave. Rumours that his coffin was coated in the material and that he survived cremation are considered to be unfounded.

  25. Happy St Georgios Samaras Day, a saint revered in the Christian communities of Greece, Palestine and a bullying neighbour.



    Best wishes to Johan, a man who gave his heart and soul while playing in the hoops.



    I see a few names thrown out re a replacement.


    Davie Hay is one of my heroes. Given my advanced years that is understandable.



    However, the assistant manager is part of a team. Lenny’s team.


    He must fit seamlessly into the group and be familiar with the players, tactics, playing philosophy and training regime.


    That means promoting from within and the two main contenders, for me, would be Stevie Frail or John Kennedy.



    Alternatively I wouldn’t be unhappy if Chris or Henrik arrived to get more from our strike force.





    I wonder what reply he got from Number Six?

  27. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS………………..You’re sister is very clever. :-)





    There’s a coupla yer pals coming along,and believe it or not,the arguments rarely get beyond the discussion stage.



    Plus,you’ll never find out who my Dad’s best pal is otherwise. And I guarantee you will know of him.



    Clue-66yo,schoolboy international.



    Obviously at different times!

  29. The Battered Bunnet on




    Don’t think so. He’s referred to as English in the various reports etc





    Both my sisters know their football,mate. It’s their Dad and their brother who need educating!

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