It’s Ange Postecoglou over Andriy Shevchenko every day of the week, Mr Desmond

Ange over Andriy very day of the week…

It has been reported the Andriy Shevchenko is in the running to be the next Celtic manager and I am sure I read somewhere that Dermot Desmond played a round of golf with him recently.

I don’t think there is any chance that the Board will replace Ange Postecoglou with Andriy Shevchenko or anyone else at the moment. They just don’t make such decisions on the hoof. Remember how long Neil Lennon remained in post even after that infamous review did or did not take place? Following his eventual departure, it took another 3 moths to identify a successor. That is their modus operandi; never do today what you can put off until next month.

I accept Dominic McKay’s departure was sudden as was Peter Lawwell’s as CEO. However, the latter has never left the building which may explain Mr McKay’s abrupt departure anyway! I think all that shows is that the Board will act relatively quickly when if comes to appointing/removing senior Executives but they are reticent to make changes to the coaching staff. I cite John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan as examples.

Dermot Desmond

I think all Dermot Desmond was doing was lining up his ducks in a row. I guess he speaks to a lot of footballing men and hopefully gleams information from them. He is just doing his job as self appointed Director of Football, and hopefully enjoying a game of golf.

Although I don’t think the Board will replace the manager at the moment, they have a decision to make. There is no doubt that we need to strengthen the squad in January. Hence, they need to decide if they are going to stick with Ange beyond Christmas and back him in the transfer market or bring in someone new. If the latter, the new manager needs to be appointed sometime before the start of the transfer window to allow him time to assess the squad and strengthen accordingly. Let’s not make the same mistake twice; we don’t want another “frantic” transfer window.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou during the Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie on 3 October, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So, in other words, I feel another review coming on in the next 4 to 6 weeks. At that time, the Board, calling on all their footballing knowledge and with the help of Gordon Strachan, will decide how we go forward. What can go wrong?

Personally, I hope we stick with Ange. The results haven’t been great but in mitigation he had little time to prepare for this season and we have lost a good few players through injuries and departures. In the words of Chris Sutton “he’s taken over a brown stuff show” and is still wading through it.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Football is all about results, Ange badly needed the win at the weekend up at Pittodrie, following on from that 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night. Heads dropped after that but the win against Aberdeen has raised the spirits.

And the next batch of fixtures, including in the Europa League, look reasonably favourable in terms of Celtic going on a winning run. Add the players returning from injury and things could really start to look much more promising over the course of the next month. Thereafter there will be no such chat as that Andriy Shevchenko story.

Chris Wotherspoon

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  1. Jim McLaughlin on

    You might have read that golf story but I actually wayched the event coverage, and Dermot Desmond wasn’t there. His son took his place, and at no time did he play in the same group as Shevchenko.

  2. Let’s not make the same mistakes you state.
    So keeping Lennon on for another four months when it was obvious he should have gone in October was a good idea?
    Waitin g 3 months on Howe was a good idea?
    So you want to wait u til February to sack ange and then have John Kennedy for 3 months?
    This is your plan?
    Ange knows he is out of his depth and that is why he has allowed the board to dictate his assistant coaches and players. Ange will not be here next season and will leave the club in a much worse situations than when Lennon left as they will have direct cl entry net season with the money and prestige to buy better players
    Now is the time to change when it is not too late

    • Logical Thinker on

      What is the reason you think Ange P is out of his depth? Eddie Howe would have done a better job? Ange is exactly were he needs to be. Just because you live vicariously through the result of the team and can’t be patient.. like a child the day before christmas you are acting… I hope you get your wish and he leaves goes to a club that understands it takes time to breed success. He has done it everywhere he has gone but don’t let that stop you from sacking him. You have no idea what he will achieve given time.

      • There’s too much much logical thinking there for the average comments section.😂👍🏻

    • If Ange is out his depth here his depth must be that of a paddling pool…which it isn’t.We finished 25pts behind the winners of the SPL last season for goodness sake. Who exactly do you think will take his place and do a better job considering the state of the squad just now? C’mon tell us. For your information Ange tends not to have his “own” assistants ,not until his second season anyway. So much for that theory of yours then. Board won’t be too keen to start another rebuild after having barely started the first one. It would need financing….and who do well have to sell to finance that this time? ….Nobody ……unless you want Kyogo ( one of Ange’s signings funnily enough) sold off. You’re saying really that the board make bad decisions,yet you trust them to make the correct decision if Ange goes? Gie’s peace.