Well, Celtic made us wait, didn’t they?
But in the end, this could be the appointment that turns things around at the club. It’s weird to say that after winning 9 titles in a row, and a Quadruple Treble, but the disappointment of 20-21 was so vast that it’s sucked the life out of a normally raucous support.
The new manager has already talked about Celtic fans being out of their seats for 90 minutes [Celtic FC], and in the post-Lennon era at the club, that’s exactly what’s needed. While the football under Lenny early on was riveting, that was more a function of loosening the instructions under Brendan Rodgers. Because under Rodgers, for all his trophies and philosophy, became rather more predictable later on his spell at Paradise.
Finally, Celtic supporters have something to be excited about. After the false dawn of Eddie Howe, Postecoglou remains a left-field shout but one with vast experience. More than that, he’s a winner, he’s ruthless, and he’s a straight shooter, as we’ve already seen today.
That’s a massive change of pace. And it’s a more than welcome one.
Not only that, but we actually heard directly from our new CEO, Dominic McKay. His imprint is now firmly on the club; Postecoglou is his man, and it shows, rather excitingly, the direction the club are going. This is a bold appointment by the former SRU man, and talk of modernising the club, and bringing its methods into the current era in football, should only really excite fans.
Anxieties remain, but at least Celtic fans can now enjoy the summer
Fine, yes; the squad still looks incredibly threadbare, and that’ll get worse before it gets better. And, yes, there’s still no Director of Football at the club, although you’d expect some movement on that soon.
Still, yesterday I asked Celtic to give us something to cling on to before Euro 2020 began, and they’ve done that exactly. This doesn’t necessarily placate the supporters, nor ease all of the concerns, but it’s the news we needed before we see Scotland taking on massive opponents, two of which will be at Hampden.
So, for the mean time, breathe easy. For supporters, the board and Ange Postecoglou, this is the nice bit. It’s the honeymoon period before the honeymoon period. For now, all the talk will be about what Postecoglou can do, what he can bring to the club, and the style of play he hopes to bring.
This is the good bit. Embrace it. Whether you were pro or anti Ange, the time to get behind him and his vision for the club has already begun.