Former England manager Sam Allardyce has arrogantly claimed that any manager can go to Celtic and win trophies.
The Hoops have won the last nine consecutive competitions Scottish football has had to offer. A win over Rangers on December 9th would make it 10-in-a-row for Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.
Brendan Rodgers helped lay the foundations as he managed to bag seven trophies. That caught the eye of Leicester City, and he departed Parkhead in highly-disappointing circumstances. However, what it did prove was that Leicester were impressed with Rodgers’ achievements up here.
Allardyce, however, clearly doesn’t see trophy-wins at Celtic as very impressive. Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT (25/11, 06:00), the veteran manager said the following:
“We can all go to Celtic and win trophies. It will be Rangers soon the way they are going under Steven Gerrard.
“Fans expect you to win trophies and if you don’t do that then you’d get the sack. I agree with what Brendan was saying and it was a great move for him because it built his reputation again (Celtic).
“But I didn’t think there was anything wrong with him because he was brilliant at Liverpool, just a bad patch of recruitment cost him his job.”
This isn’t a narrative we’re unused to. We consistently have to hear English pundits and media figures dismissing our football club’s success or belittling it just because we play in Scotland (Scottish Sun).
Besides, what does Allardyce actually know about winning trophies in any case? He’s had 12 different managerial posts and has only one four competitions. One of which was the second division in Ireland and another was the Football League’s Third Division. His other two were playoff successes (Wiki).
The last time he managed to pick up any form of tangible success was seven years ago. So he’s hardly in a position to talk about how easy trophy wins can be.
We’re simply an easy target up here, however. Just because we play in Scotland and don’t get the money that the Premier League clubs do, it’s easy for them to turn their noses up at us and chuckle away.
Interestingly, Allardyce seems to have a fond tone when he touches on the majestic work that good old Stevie is doing at Ibrox. No doubt when Rangers eventually win something it’ll be spun quite differently.
But the best way we can continue to frustrate the rest is to continue our domination of Scottish football. Sending Gerrard back to England without a trophy would be an added bonus too.
However, even as we continue to sit top of the Premiership, in the Betfred Cup final, and into the last-32 of the Europa League, no doubt we’ll all go to bed tonight wondering why on earth we didn’t appoint the great trophy-magnet of Sam Allardyce.