The Celtic Boss Hasn’t Started Work Yet And The Doom Merchants Are Banging Their Drums.

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The official statements have been made. The opening remarks are in the public domain. Brendan Rodgers has returned, and before his feet are even under the manager’s table for the second time the nonsense has started from various snipers.

I get being pissed at him for last time.

But parsing his statement and suggesting he’s a liar when he’s literally just issued it is a bit rich. Also, maybe wait until he’s actually offered an explanation for what happened last time he was here before shooting holes in it?

I understand that some people amongst our support are pissed.

That don’t bother me, although now that the guy is in the job they are risking either causing division or looking like fools if they continue their intransigence. Those outside Celtic, and who are obviously scared, amuse me. I published the response of an “official Ibrox media partner” yesterday; that is fear talking.

I’ll have much more on that subject later on.

The worst culprits here are the Scottish press, and a handful of goons in the English media, who are already gleefully telling us that Rodgers is at it, that he’s here for a brief period and then he’s away.

You know what? Judge him on what he does, not on what he says. That’s a good rule of thumb for us going forward and it will stop fans from getting carried away and stop managers from feeling they have to bullshit us.

For the record, I don’t care if this time next year there are English clubs hovering around the man. I know that none would be if he wasn’t successful, so if they are queueing up to consider him once more then that means he’s done everything right.

And as Celtic fans have had to get used to players leaving us – and understand that it’s only those players who do well who get interest – so too it will be with bosses. I think we should impose a minimum term of service requirement on them, but we ought to acknowledge that many will leave us having done a great job but without showing us their best.

So all Rodgers has to do is play it straight and treat Celtic fans as adults capable of rationality and not as over-emotional children who needed to be protected from hard truths.

I thought the released statement yesterday was excellent; it said what needed to be said without getting into the effusive first love and kissing the badge bollocks … stick to that sort of stuff and we’re golden.

But the media will call him a liar either way, north and south of the border.

Some of our fans will continue to call him every name under the sun.

Fair enough, it’s an understandable place to be coming from … all too soon they will have to contend with results and anyone still making a protest when we’re top of the league and cruising will look like a fool.

The man himself will sit in front of the media on Friday. We can do without the badge kissing because that will just provoke scorn. If he keeps it simple and tells us the facts then really, there’s nowhere for the story to go.

By and large, I am delighted with this appointment.

Football has become a mercenary business and so this appointment was always going to end in us hiring a mercenary … it’s what he does with the job, and how he handles his relationship with us which will decide how successful it is.

I’m willing to give the man a chance … and to judge him on the basis of what he can produce for this club. If he gives us his best, and hangs around for three years, he’ll go with the best wishes of the support and everyone at Celtic.

It’s pointless and stupid for us to be over-bothered about nonsense predicting the manner of his departure.

Let the guy start the job, for God’s sake, before worrying about how it ends.

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  • Jackson says:

    Correct the so called Scottish Press are the worst by far …. more so Charlie Nicholas in
    the Express … he couldn’t wait to get the boot in to Brendan and Dermot, is it any wonder he is not welcome in Paradise ,
    another soup taker


    • James Forrest says:

      Mate, he’s next up. I read that this morning. Dire.

    • Bigchunkylardass says:

      Lol, ah know, Nicholas digging up Ange for leaving Celtic, following the bright lights and cash to London – ah guess he’d know lolol

    • Kevan McKeown says:

      When ah saw that ah thought ‘ffs nicholas, gie yer brain a chance’ ! Daft statement. Does he even realize how much of a hypocrite it makes him look ?

    • Biffo67 says:

      Wish you could give the soup pish a rest.

  • harold shand says:

    Roger Hannah last night on SSB claiming questions would be asked of Rodgers if he only won the title and a cup

    Man that’s wild stuff

  • John Copeland says:

    Those scoops who are determined to cause trouble at every opportunity with their sub standard typist work are doing so as they can see the huge Hollywood production movie in all of this ! A continuation of Celtic success – like last time – means gross failure for the tribute act ! This failure will lead to less money being spent in Govan land ,thus a high risk factor of Mark 2 not making it to Mark 3 ….. If this happens there will be no one buying the rag papers any more , all leading to their ultimate demise at speed . So ,the tabs need the Rangers to be winning for their own survival !

  • Fun time frankie says:

    Hello James,i was probably one of Brendan biggest critics on this blog I even called LFC to tell them that the Snake was on his way.but lifes to short and I for welcome him back with open arms HH MON THE HOOPS

  • Tony B says:

    The huns have got Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber as a manager, so the meedja lackeys have to deflect from his shortcomings and the Pound Shop buys he has made, by attacking Rodgers.

    It also covers up the fact that his arrival has them all shitting themselves.

    It’s really funny when you think about it.

    Celtic holds all the cards here.

  • james ward says:

    the only thing that matters is that celtic stay successful .

  • paul obrien says:

    It’s a professional sport.Any manager can and will move to another club if it is his wish.The same applies to the players and being in the SPL we’re prone to it from bigger leagues.It’s catch 22, bringing success will attract suitors which is fine by me. They’re employees not spouses

  • Johnno says:

    It staggers myself at times just how many within our support bang on about ourselves being a big club, yet remain happy about having the small mentality of Scottish dominance is good enough for our club?
    The fixtures for next season will be out soon and yet all eyes will turn to the dates of the Glasgow Derbies?
    Don’t really get that at present myself, as would regard our 6 CL games as far bigger matches.
    Will be more Interested in seeing how the interaction will be with those 6/7 in the league will cross over with the 6 CL matches, as could well go a long way to deciding the outcome of the league.
    No doubt that the computer will make thing’s as hard as possible during that period.
    We therefore have to form a strong squad to handle the demands.
    The Glasgow derbies hold far more relevance in the 2nd half of the season, yet a trophy is still up for grabs before the year finishes.
    So plenty of planning will be done before the season starts and a squad formed that a manager believes is strong and good enough to deliver the success the club demands.
    All we can do is place our trust in the individuals who have to make the big decisions that awaits, and already the biggest decision has been made, and its already a sign that the club are already looking and thinking far bigger than just dominance of Scottish football, yet you still can’t have one without the other.
    We have waited long enough to see our club operating in the right manner, and still so many unhappy about it?
    Maybe they would like to see a return of the 10iar season and players along with individuals not producing In the jobs they get paid handsomely to do so?
    As long as everyone is pulling there weight in producing the best version for our club then that’s good enough for myself as the success will surely follow suit also.
    Rodgers may seem to only developed a 2 year shelf life at present, when thing’s seem to go wrong with himself and a board, can live with that, especially when a month can be a very long time in football with the degree of how quickly thing’s can change.
    Believe we are currently in good hands within the club and great to see us wanting to continue in the right direction, as long enough in waiting imo.

  • Captain Swing says:

    What kind of explanation beyond “I was given the opportunity to secure my family’s financial future and I took it” does anyone in that situation really have to offer? Anyone incapable of understanding economics that simple – and I know they exist – really shouldn’t be allowed to handle matches without a grownup supervising them. Of course he can’t really say that because it means he is wide open to another similar offer in the future. Nor can he say he was stymied in his ambitions last time out because the key players are all still in the room. The death of Desmond White meant the major obstacle to Billy McNeill’s return was gone, but there’s less wriggle room in this scenario. He is best advised to offer no explanation or apology. We will just have to accept trophies in lieu of them. Probably quite a lot of trophies.

  • SSMPM says:

    Division is the aim of the SMSM, envy is the cause. Criticism from the outside is often Lodged, daily, random and usually anger driven irrational. Criticism from inside our support is often from those that cause it by their own behaviour.
    Who can what they think or say affect when it’s not being listened too; Brendan Rodgers is our manager, if you’re a Celt you’ll get behind him and the team and support them. HH

    • Dinger says:

      Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

    • Magua says:

      Only highly successful Celtic managers, have to put up with this kind of treatment, from the MSSM. Thankfully, we have ditched the one year rolling contract nonsense. This will hopefully be reflected in a brighter future, for Celtic Football Club…and will drive our enemies in the press-by no means all of them card-carrying Huns-up the wall.

      Hail Hail.

      • Peter Cassidy says:

        European football is the big reward we must do better” league first is the goal Brendan must have all our support no division mistakes from both parties that’s in the past .

  • Frank Murphy says:

    I’m one of the ones who are pissed of with what he done last time and not happy he has returned.I’ve seen every manager leave since jimmy mcgrory and I’ve supported them all good or bad but I’ll still be there every week with this guy as well so I hope he has success again but time will tell hope he does succeed again.

  • Joe Monaghan says:

    Loved big Ange but at the end of the day he fkd off pretty sharp to not much difference in my book we’re the constant not manager’s or players

  • Dinger says:

    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

  • john clarke says:

    Hopefully, Brendan Rodgers will be grateful for the opportunity to coach a very strong Celtic side.
    He will want to reward all who have given him their expressions of confidence. Ange may be gone,
    but it’s a bonus that JK, GS, Harry Kewell and Callum McGregor are still able to assist Brendan.
    I get the impression, he needs to relax and be more engaging with the fans. All the best Celtic.

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