Date: 11th June 2009 at 4:49pm
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Being overly-cynical is one of my many weaknesses. But when it comes to Celtic, it’s hard to take anything at face value – especially following the “Strachan Years”.

So when captain Stephen McManus (assuming he is still captain, due to incumbency if nothing else) comes out and talks about how “people might come and go” under the new manager, whoever that may be, it’s easy to think “but are you worried about yourself?”

McManus was Strachan’s man, and being linked with Gordon Strachan is not something that will endear any player to the Celtic support, or at least a large chunk of it. Strachan made a big thing about needing his new captain to be his man on the pitch when Lennon retired, and McManus was then handed the armband.

McManus told the official site: “Whoever comes in to the position is going to be taking over a really good bunch of players. On top of that, they will probably want to strengthen the squad as well with new signings.

“People might come and go – that’s down to the new manager. Whoever comes in to take over, they will have new ideas and that’s great. The place will get a lift regardless of who comes in.”

Would the new boss keep McManus as captain? Or, to take the debate one step further, would the new boss keep McManus as a first-team regular? Despite receiving a lot of criticism, Gary Caldwell has emerged as a far more competent player and that doesn’t reflect well on the current skipper.

Nor does McManus’s comments suggesting Strachan “was different class”. A word of advice to him: Strachan has gone, there is no need to massage his ego any longer and the fans won’t appreciate you for it!

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