Well, it didn’t take long for the hacks at The Record to prove that they are absolutely shameless hypocrites. On the subject of the manager of the year all four of their so-called Monday Morning Panel wriggled like fish on the hook over this question.
None of them wants to give it to Ange.
Two of them are waiting to see if Van Bronckhorst wins the Europa League (don’t laugh, these jokers are apparently serious), Jackson thinks it should go to Steve Clarke and Gordon Parks thinks – and again, this is not a joke – that it’s time managers on “smaller budgets” had their due. He’s going for Neilson or Martindale.
This is exactly what I expected from these clowns.
All of a sudden we have to consider the little guy?
How many of them voted for Callum Davidson last season? None of them I’ll bet. Yet David McCarthy has the balls to suggest Dick Campbell (a bigot, which should be disqualifying but in Scotland nothing is disqualifying).
And Steve Clarke? Jackson is taking the piss with that. Not only does he think he deserves it more than Ange but thinks he deserves it “hands down.”
So what if Ange wins the treble? Still giving it to Steve Clarke? But of course, because he can’t bear to give it to our manager no matter what he achieves.
Van Bronckhorst has blown a lead in the league whilst Ange has put together a magnificent unbeaten run – and taken the first domestic trophy. Yet two of them are clutching at straws and hoping that the Ibrox boss pulls off a miracle.
Ange isn’t getting their vote either way, any more than he’s getting the votes of Jackson or Parks, who have made their minds up already. By their bizarre logic, no manager from Glasgow should ever have been given the award but of course we know they wouldn’t hesitate to send it to Ibrox if the opportunity presented itself.
Ange hasn’t just rebuilt Celtic – which is amazing enough – but he’s done it from a standing start.
Some of these people were predicting, at one point, that we might finish third or even fourth, so how they can maintain, with straight faces, the argument that having wildly exceeded their own predictions that he doesn’t deserve the gong … it’s disgusting.
It is nakedly biased, and although Ange won’t care, if he’s holding all three of the domestic trophies when this season ends and that award goes to someone else then the embarrassment belongs to them, and not to him.
Because it will be a shocking commentary on their own bitterness.