Tony Mowbray has weighed in on Celtic finally losing a Premiership title, as he tipped the Hoops to bounce back strong.
The Hoops saw the 10 officially disappear as a near-decade of Scottish football dominance came to an end. Celtic fans have been seething with the decisions made both in the boardroom and in the dugout this season. With the club consistently ignoring us all, it’s felt like a huge betrayal of trust.
Therefore, this wasn’t just isn’t title concession. It was one plagued with controversy and disgrace as the Hoops failed to lay a single glove on their rivals this term.
However, Mowbray, who had an ill-fated spell as Celtic boss back in 2009/10, has backed the club to come back stronger as he offered a class quip regarding captain Scott Brown to tease our Ibrox rivals.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Blackburn Rovers manager Mogga said: “Celtic have been hurting for a while. They’ve seen it has been coming. It is never nice. The Rangers fans have suffered for nine years of Celtic supporters and the trophies they have lifted. All of those amazing trophies.
“Scott Brown must have sore arms lifting all those trophies for the past nine years. The tables have turned for this season. Rangers can enjoy it for a few weeks and then when it starts again that is the competition. The fans have to take it on the chin at this moment. They will react and they will be passionate as ever about their club.
“The people in the power at Celtic have to make the right choice for their head coach and get everything behind the scenes back in place so that the challenge next year isn’t a 20 point deficit.”
Tony Mowbray not wrong; a dismal yet exciting time to be a Celtic supporter
There is plenty of doom and gloom surrounding the club at the moment. That’s to be expected given how easily we gifted our rivals the league title. Losing the 10 will be raw for some time to come as we lick our wounds.
However, in an ironic kind of way, this is also an exciting time to be a Celtic supporter. Yes perhaps that sounds patronising or disingenuous, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
We should be in for a summer of sweeping changes at the club. And if we’re being honest, these are changes that we’ve needed for a while. We have the highly-successful CEO of Scottish Rugby coming in to take over as Chief Executive. We’re reportedly set to change the footballing structure at Parkhead with a new manager and director of football too [Daily Mail].
That’s not to mention the big changes in personnel on the pitch that will need to happen. Forget keeping the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer, for example. They’ll need replaced, with a host of loan players scheduled to return to their clubs.
Celtic have a blank canvas here to really start a proper rebuild. An opportunity to invest in something different and bring a different footballing philosophy to the place. A different way of working that should see a change from the frustrating Peter Lawwell method.
As Mowbray says, Celtic simply must react. Don’t bet against this club taking strong action in the coming months to ensure we’re in a great place to do just that.