Maybe Mañana, Maybe this Friday, Howe Managerial Delay is Not a Concern for ex-Celtic boss

Gordon Strachan remains unconcerned about the delay in Celtic appointing a new manager and doesn’t think that it will make a material difference to how next season starts, even with the Champions League qualifiers just two months away.

“For me, it will make absolutely no difference whatsoever whether the new manager is brought in now or in a few weeks or whenever, ” the former Celtic manager noted in his Herald column. “It will have no bearing on the Champions League qualifiers or next season at all. Why? Well, because it is almost impossible to get players in just now in any case.

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“Recruitment is huge, and success for managers mostly depends on recruitment. What we don’t know right now is that there may very well be deals being lined up in the background for players who know what is going on in Celtic’s future. And of course, the media all want to know what is happening, but I’m not sure that the fans are all getting their knickers in a twist about it.

“Does any other business tell you what they are going to do? Do Apple tell you beforehand what they’re doing? Do they phone the local tabloid and give them the heads up so they can let the world know? No, they announce it.

“We have this notion that the fans need to be consulted on everything. No they don’t. No other business consults anybody. People are saying that Dominic McKay has to come out and say something. Why? Why does he have to say something? If you’ve not got anything of clarity to say right now, then there’s nothing to say.

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“It’s like the Manchester United fans who want to be given a say on the owners. The Manchester City fans don’t, because they’ve been successful. The Man United fans are only mumping and moaning because they haven’t been winning anything, and now they need communication,” Strachan argued.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

1 Comment

  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    I can’t stop thinking why didn’t we bring in Gordon Strachan as interim when we fired Lenny. We would have been better organized and possibly still in the cup instead of excepting failure which is what has happened under Kennedy