The football department at Celtic Park is stronger than it has been in a long time. We haven’t seen the full extent that because watching us right now is like watching a good magician putting on a show.
But in the context of that example, magic is only a series of very good tricks and they lie behind the frontage, underpinning all of it.
My AGM article will be up tomorrow and I’ll talk about the concept of The Club.
But the most important part of The Club is the football department and it is comprised of more than just the manager and the players. They do the big stuff, but don’t underestimate what the behind the scenes guys in the football department do.
And Rodgers has spoken about the importance of these guys, and how good they are for the club. It is typical of him to give a shout-out to those who don’t get any of the love from the fans. This is one of the reasons people want to run through walls for the guy.
“I have been impressed with all the coaches,” he said. “John Kennedy is brilliant, and I saw that in my first spell. He works as hard as I’ve ever seen anyone work in football. Besides all of that he is a good man. A very loyal man. I didn’t know Gavin and Harry. I met Harry prior to taking the job and had a chat with him at my house down south.
“And I have to say, for a player who was world class in his pomp, the commitment he has to being here at Celtic and helping all our wingers, he is very good. And I think former players like him give you that bit of gold dust.
“He shares that with the players and he is good for our team and gives a different viewpoint. Gavin is an excellent coach, very diligent and has lovely human qualities. He is always there for the players. And obviously Jack Lyons. I brought in Jack as a really young, talented coach who is analytically brilliant. He can analyse and present that to players too.”
It is great to see some of the love for those in the backroom team. It’s such a Rodgers thing to do, and keeps the great spirit at our club going.
Too many manager want to be the star of the show, we are lucky we’ve had guys who like to put others on the podium too.