The Celtic boss is the picture of calm at the moment, except when he is being needled by the media and unfortunately that happens a lot these days. He handles it brilliantly though and is not beyond giving them some home truths.
The reason he’s calm is that he’s not seen anything that bothers him overmuch since the campaign got underway. Europe has been a huge disappointment, but his philosophy of the game is solid, as has been evidenced by the number of chances we’ve made.
The boss is not for turning, and really, why should he?
For all the media’s sniping over the results the man himself knows that the system is working, that we’re doing enough to get results if our forward players showed a little more composure.
They will, of course. The longer they play at this level, the more games they play in elite competition, the more they will learn to take that extra second or hit the ball that second earlier. All the other pieces of the jigsaw are there.
This is why he’s cool and calm and this is why he won’t get rattled.
There are signs of progress, and that’s all we needed to see. For all that, you still get the feeling that Madrid could be anything. It could be a long night or a very, very good one. Even qualified they will still be extremely good and extremely dangerous.
Either way, this is a manager who is not for changing his approach and why should he? Because not only does he believe that it’s right, but all the signs are good as well.
That makes it easy for him to field the questions. That makes it easy for him to stay loose.