I was delighted to hear that Ange will spend the “winter’s break” working.
Anyone who was surprised at that must have missed his famous miked up training session when he told the players that the attitude of this club is that we’ll stop working only when the opposition is exhausted or dead and the full time whistle has blown, and not before.
The full time whistle on this campaign is a long way away.
The man himself is talking about how he never switches off. He will spend the three weeks working on signings, training programs, studying the opposition, thinking about the future.
He says he enjoys it. I daresay he does.
The only folk who don’t are those who are one step shy of throwing in the towel.
A manager needs to be hungry and that’s what Ange is; he wants success more than he wants to pull on his slippers and chill.
This is the attitude everyone at Celtic should be taking, from the directors on down.
To be frank, they all owe us one for the sheer ineptitude which reigned this time last year.
It was at around this time that they finalised the dreadful Dubai trip. It should never have happened, government approval or not. It was an insult to millions across this country.
And coming whilst our club was in freefall … that alone sent a dreadful message about where people’s priorities lay. Not on doing the job at hand, that was for sure.
There is no trip away this year, just a relentless focus on business.
There are injured players who need to regain their fitness.
There are others about to join the club.
There are decisions to make at every level.
There are changes and choices which should dominate thinking.
There will be no relaxing by the poolside, no taking their eyes off the ball, just everyone focussed on the next few months and securing our two trophies again. Ange sets the mood for this whole club now, and the example the rest have to follow.
And what a great example that is. What a contrast from this time last year.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; he is the leader we craved, the leader we required.