Celtic’s 13th Manager (2000) – Kenny Dalglish was never interested in the job

Kenny Dalglish qualifies for inclusion as a Manager for, although he was appointed only as a Caretaker Manager after the demise of John Barnes, he did to an extent rally the team to win the Scottish League Cup, beating Aberdeen, a team who were in an even more desperate position than Celtic were.

Kenny Dalglish & Tommy Burns Glasgow Celtic FC 11 March 2000 Photo Allstar Picture Library 

It made us smile, at least for one week, but Celtic were a terrible team and the football was poor. The following week, we went to Ibrox like a man going to the dentist’s and lost 0-4.

These were grim times, but Kenny on at least two occasions made us smile. Once was when he held his Press Conference among the punters in Baird’s Bar in the Gallowgate, and the other was when he turned on a reporter who was pestering him and said “you’re getting like Chick Young”. That was quite an insult, Kenny!

Photo: imago/Colorsport – Kenny Dalglish and John Barnes, Scottish Premier League 1999/2000, 

He was never interested in the job on a permanent basis. I wonder what he would have been like?

David Potter

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About Author

I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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