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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  1. Raphael Scheidt should be takin over from big Johan



    He has the right name to be a number 2



    as do jock brown and peter plopp, who may or may not exist

  2. Chairboy 14:33


    The more I think about Stevie Frail the stronger his credentials appear.


    I believe we should be promoting from within.


    As I said before someone who knows the set up, the players, the training regime and tactics.


    Who better than someone who has successfully led the under 20s to 4 titles in a row and is in line to make it a 5th?


    Who better than someone who knows the strength of the youngsters and their capabilities?


    Who better than someone who is already working with Neil, and has worked closely with Danny McGrain in the youth set up?


    I hope you’re reading this Peter.


    If you are JOHN HERRON should get an extended contract…..


    …. And a raise :-)

  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    tonydonnelly67 16:06 on 23 April, 2014



    I’m not really sure why you come on a discussion blog, if you are going to take the huff every time someone challenges your opinion.

  4. skyisalandfill……..



    I will remove the cork as soon as i get home and see if a couple of hours “airing” does the trick.



    If it does’nt I’ll get your email address from Paul67!

  5. steinreignedsupreme



    Don’t be daft, am no taking the huff, it’s exhausted you’ve made your mind up as I said fine, pointless goin on about it.

  6. MWD



    Another whisky tip I discovered….don’t make home made rusty nails using poitin (sp?)


    Monday came and went apparently.

  7. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    I would prefer someone who could speak to the media and let Neil concentrate on the team. A lot of number 2’s do that at clubs. Don’t think Danny would be comfortable with that. Neil can still do a lot of media work when required before big games but it gives him an option especially when we have lost or he has other things he wants to deal with.




  8. Trying to catch up on yesterday’s postings.



    Some brave and sad posts from lots of friends on here.






    I believe in miracles.



    I will remember you in my prayers every day.



    Never without hope!



    Take care and God bless.

  9. monteblanco



    A mat eof mine who worked in the whisky industry told me never to keep whisky in the fridge.



    He told me the whisky would “frucculate”.



    Nae idea what it means.

  10. Cough,cough!



    “Unfortunately in recent times it became clear to the board that despite Jock’s best efforts progress in some important matters and issues had become compromised.



    “This may have had an adverse affect of the current football atmosphere and the backing of our supporters. I have discussed these matters with Jock and he accepts this. Consequently he tendered his resignation.



    “Jock appreciates that there is a feeling within the massive Celtic support that a significant change is desired. He acknowledges that under the circumstances he requires to be the major part of this change.”




    Except for one or two in here.

  11. According to this?


    No results containing all your search terms were found.



    Your search – frucculate – did not match any documents.






    Make sure that all words are spelled correctly.


    Try different keywords.


    Try more general keywords.

  12. Philbhoy…



    (I just googled this) Whisky distillers usually prefer low flocculators, because flocculated yeast is more likely to stick to the heating coils or the still surface …



    I reckon if you put whisky in the fridge it would frucculate those flocculators and ye would need to open another bottle just to be on the safe side.



    off oot:)

  13. monteblanco and tonyd67



    ……..then take the cork out and leave to stand for 3 hours before drinking.



    I don’t think that will catch on……………..mind you I could go home at lunchtime and decork the stuff.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    Opinion piece by Billy Bragg. MWD approved this message.



    People of Scotland – vote yes, and set us English free



    Instead of condemning us to perpetual Tory rule, independence may reinvigorate Labour and bring us the devolution we crave



    Billy Bragg



    theguardian.com, Wednesday 23 April 2014 15.45 BST



    As the debate over Scottish independence hots up, it is becoming clear that some voters in Scotland are worried that a yes vote in September will condemn the English to never-ending rule by the Tories. While I appreciate their concern, especially on St George’s Day, the argument that Scots must vote no in order to save the English from neoliberalism simply doesn’t add up.



    Since the second world war, the votes of the Scottish electorate have only been decisive on three occasions – the general elections of 1964, 1974 and 2010 – each time preventing the Tories from winning a tiny majority. Scottish votes would not have stopped Margaret Thatcher, nor denied Tony Blair his three election wins.



    In fact, there is an argument to be made that the Scottish electorate played an important part in entrenching the neoliberal agenda at Westminster. Safe in the knowledge that the majority of Scots would always vote Labour, Tony Blair felt confident enough to move his party to the centre ground and embrace the free market. New Labour was built on the back of the Scottish electorate.



    The shock of losing its Scottish MPs might encourage Labour to rediscover its traditional supporters in England. South of the border, the majority would welcome the renationalisation of the railways and utilities, and there is overwhelming support for rebalancing the housing market.



    And support for the union is not as strong as it once was. A 2013 survey by the IPPR thinktank found that 60% felt Englishness was more important to them than Britishness, with only 16% feeling the opposite. This sea change in English consciousness is topped off by a poll this week showing a real appetite for devolution in England: it found that 65% of voters agreed with the proposition, “Too much of England is run from London”, the view being strongest among Labour voters (78%).



    The fact is that far from fearing the breakup of the UK, the English are looking at the benefits that devolution has brought the Scots and asking why they are not able to enjoy the same. Students in England struggling to pay their tuition fees are wondering how it is that their Scottish peers, living in the same country, don’t pay anything at all; those in England forced to sell their houses to pay for personal care for elderly relatives are asking why British citizens in Scotland get those services for free; and patients and nursing staff who have to deal with the harsh reality of the free market intruding into the English NHS look in envy towards Scotland, where privatisation has been minimal.



    Devolution has delivered real benefits to the people of Scotland, allowing them to vary their services and taxes in a manner that reflects a different polity to that emanating from Westminster. Is there a reason why the English can’t be trusted to run more of their own affairs?



    It’s not just the Scots who are pulling at the threads of the British state. The ambiguous results of the last general election have put the Westminster system under great stress. It was designed to function best with a two-party system, but the electorate no longer seem wedded to that model. The disaffection that casts a pall over parliament has many sources, but the underlying sense that our votes no longer make a difference has the ability to do the most damage.



    An English parliament would seem to be the simple answer to this problem, but I would worry that such a body would be too big, too distant and too centralised to really deliver devolved power to local communities. A series of regional assemblies, each with the same powers Holyrood now enjoys, would go some way to overcoming voters’ concerns that the big decisions are being made elsewhere by corporate players who have no interest in the welfare of our society.



    England would benefit greatly from devolution, but if the Scots vote for the status quo in September all this talk of decentralisation will be put to one side, just as the notion of a fair voting system was dismissed after the failure of the AV referendum.



    If the Scots want to show some solidarity with the people in England who feel trapped in a centralised state where cheap credit, privatisation and deregulation are the only solutions offered, they should vote yes to independence and set us all free.

  15. RWE


    15:36 on


    23 April, 2014


    lionroars67 13:36 on 23 April, 2014





    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





    Mine was an emotional perspective, but I agree.



    No borders and while we’re at it….no flags at the old Olympics/Commonwealth Games feeding troughs.



    They are just an excuse for supremacy/jingoism/chest thumping/cultural validation.



    Winnersandlosers CSC




    Yep no flags well only one flag, of course the winners flag



    Lets move to london, no need for history and flags, all makes logical sense

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Billy Bragg v David Bowie?



    It’s like havin’ to take sides in the ole Manatee v Hedgehog struggle for planetary domination.



    THere can’t be, and won’t be,m any winners.

  17. Geordie Munro on




    I’m guessing it’s cos der hun are scheduled to play Saturday.



    Our fixture was only decided a couply weeks ago. Theirs will have been penned in from the start of the season.

  18. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    BMCUW, RobinBhoy, Antipodean Red



    I plan to attend the hootenanny, will knock the froth off with anyone there and of course the embra ghuy will be paying for the drinks – as usual.



    I have posted on here before about sevconian panic about losing their history if they are confirmed to be a new club. Thus their ’54 titles world record’ will be passed by us an never be caught again by them – ever.



    They may well compete again, here and in Europe, theoretically reach ’10-i-a-r’ (lmao) but they are terrified that they lose their ability to add to their tainted title haul.



    Anything that seems to support the fallacy that they are the same club and can carry on business as usual is reprehensible to me. I would expect it from SMSM and from football authorities, but could never accept it from CFC. And remember we are well represented at football authority level.



    If this was ever to become the sorry state of affairs then not only would I not renew a season ticket or pay on a match by match basis, but I would never cross the threshold of any football ground in this corrupt country again. I feel that strongly.



    It takes a lot more guts to give up on something you love than to continue to support something obviously broken without question.



    And as long as our club is driven by one guy who holds all the shares, DD, who never shows face at an AGM to be challenged, how else can we elicit change or challenge strategy or business practice?



    JPT was very quick to respond to the reference to RFC in the Glasgow Cup match held at CP as it was a ‘neutral venue’. Interesting that no such rapid response forthcoming this time when RFC are referenced in our own club publication asking us to renew STs.



    My current thinking is not to renew, not only on this point but other points raised on here, at the Open Meeting, with OBF and in numerous relevant dialogues.



    The deadline for renewals is 22nd May – I could be persuaded otherwise. But then to renew without question or comment is what CFC PLC depends on, and then they can assert that all is well and only a small minority have issues.



    I hope my fellow CQNers can discern considered protest against blind loyalty.

  19. bournesouprecipe on




    Good shout



    Celtic have known for more than a year that Johan Mjallby was likely to leave but I still wouldn’t expect a quick replacement, as NFL would be a big part of choosing JM’s successor, and his own future is less than clear. Being linked to every English vacancy that comes up, who’d blame him for leaving the SPL for the pastures new, after everything that’s happened in his three in a row.



    Going for four, in a one horse race even with CL chances, may not be that attractive to him.



    I like the promotion from within route and could save us from, the Owen Coyle’s Granny type speculation, and eliminates another potential Tony Mowbray. We’re not famed for pre planned decision making we’re much more Jack McGinn lining up Billy McNeil in the Clydebank supermarket car park types.



    I think it’ll be a very high winds of change.

  20. TBB



    Bragg and Shortbread’s Tom Morton have had a bit of a ding-dong today on this one.



    I reckon we should scrap the referendum and instead base the Indy decision on the outcome of an arm wrestle between Billy Bragg and wee Ernie Lynch. My money’s on Bragg ;)

  21. geordie munro



    That never entered my mind.Don’t give that mob a second thought nowadays .