Celtic, Scottish Football

The Named Person Scheme

Good Evening.

Don’t worry. The title of this short piece does not indicate that The Clumpany is straying into politics! I know my limitations…

Well, what a day it has been! Credit where it is due, Dermot Desmond and the Celtic board have pulled off quite a coup in securing the services of Brendan Rodgers. And everyone involved in making it happen should be applauded. Because you can be sure that a lot of work went into getting Rodgers to put his signature on that contract.

Folk may ponder Rodgers’ managerial record – although I think it is very decent and can’t see why any Celtic fan shouldn’t look forward to the style in which he likes his sides to play. People will also rightly hope he is given a decent transfer budget and genuine autonomy to put his stamp on the club: sourcing his choice of players and recruiting a backroom staff of his own choosing. But the undeniable fact is that Rodgers is a ‘name’. A recognisable managerial figure who did well at Swansea and who guided Liverpool to the closest they have come to the English title in over a quarter of a century.

Rodgers is not a gamble or a fly-by-night manager. And personally I think his appointment is a boost for Scottish football. It will be noted by commentators outside our borders that he has opted to go to Celtic.

We can never know what would have happened had Rodgers not signed (apparently enthusiastically) for Celtic, but the chances are that he wouldn’t have been out of work in the cut-throat spending orgy that is English domestic football for very long. Which says a lot about how well Celtic have done.

Signing a ‘name’ like Rodgers has immediately energised the Celtic fan base, and even Scotland’s often-‘unexcitable’ MSM is clearly taken by the appointment. 

Football is a volatile thing, with managers at the sharp end of its uncertainties. Who knows, the appointment may not ultimately work out (although I hope it will!). What’s more, many of us are still demanding that the Celtic board acts decisively on Resolution 12 and (later) the LNS farce, and there is absolutely no way we are going to down tools no matter who Celtic  recruit. 

However, for now, as one season ends and the build-up to the next one (and some early Champions League qualifiers) begins, let us applaud Celtic Football Club. No one can accuse them of failing to pull out all the stops to get a good manager. And no one can reasonably claim that they haven’t made a very exciting statement of intent.

It is almost as if the Celtic board has (finally) realised that they are in the business of providing ‘box office’ attraction to the club’s supporters and have decided to put up, rather than shut up.

Bravo Celtic!