The news that Jack Ross has been sacked as Dundee Utd manager is not really all that surprising.
He was already on the brink before we rolled up at the weekend and inflicted a momentous defeat on his club. But Ross will not be the last manager to face Celtic when he is under pressure.
He will, therefore, probably not be the last one fired.
Because we’ll do this to clubs all season long.
We will rout any side who come into a game against us vulnerable or weak, and our manager has proved that he will not spare those clubs or their managers or show them the least bit of mercy.
Ross had already suffered a major humiliation, against AZ in Europe.
His side conceded 16 goals to two very good attacking teams. But their record has been poor aside from those mammoth losses and that’s why Ross has been ejected.
But if losing heavily to us can push a manager over the cliff, then anyone who plays us and who is already in the crosshairs is going to be in deadly peril. Clubs are too prone to sacking managers fast; the Motherwell boss went for his side’s horrendous European knock-out to a League of Ireland team, and a lot of folk thought that was harsh.
(I personally didn’t. It’s the kind of result you should get sacked for, more than if your side loses 9-0 to a vastly superior football team.)
This pushes up the stakes significantly.
Will Callum Davidson be in peril by the time we play St Johnstone?
Will Malky Mackay be in trouble by the time Ross County come to Celtic Park again? We play them tomorrow night in the cup; their bad start to the season already has him in the danger zone.
If we rout them … might he go as well?
Whether you agree with the likes of Chris Sutton that this sacking is a “knee jerk reaction” from the Dundee Utd board, a troubling precedent has been set for bosses who come up against us when we are on such blistering form.
It could cost a struggling manager more than just three points.