Celtic fans are going to be feeling much better about life in 3 months

By David Walton

May 10, 2021

As grim as things may look now, you can bet your bottom dollar that Celtic fans are going to be feeling a lot better in three months.

There have been so many disasters to have struck the club this season that it’s all combining into one massive depression. The failure to win the 10 was a gut-wrencher. The club’s failure to sack Neil Lennon earlier or show any ambition to change things wasn’t ideal either. Nor is the fact that John Kennedy continues to hang around whilst we still have no new manager in the door as of yet.

All of these things have led to major fan apathy. That isn’t something that’s going to go away overnight. Talk of sustained Rangers dominance and how it could take years for Celtic to get back to the top is par for the course. You expect that kind of nonsense given how the season has gone.

But history tells us that, within the space of a few months after a disastrous campaign, Celtic fans are back feeling good about themselves once again.

First off, Eddie Howe is said to be closing in on becoming the new manager. The latest update is that he’s said to be piecing together his backroom team [Daily Mail print edition, 28/04, page 83]. That alone will bring a massive boost to supporters, but it won’t be enough to heal the wounds of course.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

History tells us Celtic will recover in a few months

Go back to the John Barnes disaster as evidence of how quickly a football club can bounce back. Celtic looked miles behind Rangers when Kenny Dalglish’s interim reign ended as the 1999/2000 campaign concluded. In came Martin O’Neill swiftly and the football club was revolutionised almost overnight.

The next year, Celtic would secure a treble and reassert themselves as Scottish football’s most dominant force. O’Neill managed to build on that as we well know, and two years later was managing in a UEFA Cup final with the Hoops.

Similar rebuilds have also yielded positive results. Neil Lennon succeeding Tony Mowbray looked like a thankless task. Yet we ended up being one Georgios Samaras penalty away from winning the league the next season. More pertinently to the subject at hand, Celtic fans went into the 2010/11 season buzzing after totally overhauling their first-team squad and getting rid of Mowbray’s underperformers.

Martin O’Neill took Celtic from 21 points behind Rangers to treble winners (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

You then have Brendan Rodgers. He took Ronny Deila’s strugglers, made only a handful of signings, and made them Invincible Treble winners. The point behind that Rodgers’ appointment and summer business had fans buzzing ahead of the new campaign.

This year will be no different. When Howe finally becomes the Celtic manager, fans will get a major boost from it. Every signing he then brings in will bring a sprinkle of excitement to the club. The more we start to realise that this football club will have a very different look next season, the less apathy fans will have for the club. The more anticipated supporters will be for the new campaign.

So don’t worry. There’s next to no chance we’re sitting here in less than three months and still feeling dour about everything Celtic-related. Things are going to change, and once the season ends we’ll start to see things taking shape.

In other news, we take a look at the reason Olivier Ntcham will leave Celtic this year despite revival talk.