Tommy Burns was the Real Deal – Ange had no business quoting him

So another one jumps ship. C’est la vie as they say. However, there is something that rankles with me after the events of this weekend and the past few days also. Fair enough, Ange Postecoglou was more than entitled to procure as much financial security as was possible for him and his family, but it’s the manner of the past couple of weeks and the Trophy Day speech that reeks I’m afraid.

In the aftermath of that game against Aberdeen, Ange gave a wonderfully self-deprecating and selfless speech in what was to be one of his final acts as Celtic manager. He thanked all the players and his backroom staff, as we have been usually accustomed to from the former Yokohama F. Marinos boss; but that quoting of Tommy Burns was poor on his part and lacks integrity. I’m sorry Bhoys and Ghirls – it just does.

Tommy Burns & Fergus Mccann With Scottish Fa Cup 1995 29 November 1995 

He knew fine well he wouldn’t be staying beyond this season and he decided to quote one of the hallmarks and standard bearers of Celtic Football Club in front of a packed house.

A captive audience might I add that had grown to hang on every single syllable that man uttered. It was very short-sighted and even selfish. He had no right to do it. Now, I hear echoed perpetually the phrase: it’s just business. Not to me and you, and certainly not to Tommy Burns. Tommy Burns openly admitted he was just a fan that got lucky.

A true gentleman and pillar of this great football club we all love. Tommy was there in some of our darkest days. Fair enough Ange Postecoglou pulled us out a hole. I would not for one second deny that. He has built something we can all be proud of. Don’t forget though, he got his golden ticket too…

I, like everybody else at The Celtic Star will wish him nothing but the best and may God be good to him and his own for restoring our pride and playing The Celtic Way. But Tommy Burns was the Real Deal, Ange mate. To use his words to evoke emotion amongst the Celtic Family when you knew you were offski was very poor indeed.

Hopefully whoever the Club chooses next doesn’t make a similar type mistake in future. Some folk bleed green and white; Tommy Burns was one of them. He was different level stuff. People would do well to remember that.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.


  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    One hundred percent true Paul. Excellent as always. I said in our club as soon as he said those words after Aberdeen game he’s off and I was told rubbish but sadly I was right. HH

  2. He coined this phrase (with attribution and not even word for word), “you are always there”. That’s surely not that heinous regardless of whether he is leaving or not. I really don’t see how this is such a big deal.
    What is it you are looking for here? Other than clicks?

    • Clicks make no difference to Paul who is a student and probably doesn’t even understand the little dig you are making. It’s not a point that bothered me in the slightest, indeed I never even thought about it. There were other signs though that did. The Celtic Star has a range of writers through different age groups from pensioners to teenagers and they all have Celtic in their hearts. Their opinions are always their own as has been the case since the site started.

  3. Unrepentant fenian on

    I’m not with the Celtic star and I don’t wish the 2 faced 🐀 luck quite the opposite in fact I hope he flops and leaves town on a 1 legged kangaroo he should keep Tommy’s name out his mouth

  4. This response doesn’t really make much sense. But all the best with your endeavours.

  5. Sean McGinley on

    I agree with you about the use of T.B.’s comments. My own instant belief was that he was using the quote to say “I’m gone” rather than be man enough to say it straight out. I loved the football under Ange, but he made sure that I will never trust another manager of Celtic or put faith in a manger beyond their last deed. No matter what they say, I will remain sceptical and untrusting. That’s my fault for believing him over the past 2 years, stupidly, I thought he was different and not being deceitful. P.S. I take it the holiday is in London and all the “talking to people” he has to do after it wasn’t meant to deceive anyone either !

  6. Like you it’s the manner of the going rather the going itself that got me. He tried to be clever with words to wriggle out of answering questions and manning up to actually facing us , I eventually found it all amusing,especially when he said after the Cup Final that he wouldn’t be answering questions because he wanted to enjoy the celebrations without being distracted from it,because he deserved it.Massive ego at work there. Another amusing moment was watching him virtually running off the platform at Celtic Park.All this stuff about not being able to say a few words because he wanted complete focus on the Cup Final was all utter nonsense too . Alistair Johnson said they were following the saga on TV at Lennoxtown. ,so, the complete focus stuff obviously didn’t get through to the players .As for the stuff about Tommy . I think Tommy would have been up there listening to him and cracking a joke or two about him being immortal tbh. Then in the next breath saying, that’ll be him away,let’s get on with it,we’ve got a new season to prepare for. Ange is obviously a true man…….he is only able to deal with one thing at a time. His dealings with the press were funny at first but eventually became embarrassing .Bye Ange.

  7. Fishing for bubbles on

    It’s not the smell of sour grapes that is the real issue, it’s the hangover. Take a couple of paracetamol and you’ll be right.