It’s never a proper weekend if journalist, Hugh Keevins, doesn’t ritualistically comment on something negative about Celtic, but this weekend, I think he just about outdone himself.
Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Keevins made a claim that even the host of the show couldn’t quite believe, “In my lifetime I have never known Celtic to be in the kind of state that they are in.”
Host, Gordon Duncan, questioned that statement, “Seriously though? I mean the 90s and so on. They just won a quadruple treble not too long ago.”.
Keevins then went on to qualify his statement, “Those who won the quadruple treble, including Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, they’ve gone.
“The players, for the most part, are going or have gone. John Kennedy said there ‘You just don’t replace Scott Brown‘ Well they’ll need to, because there is no other natural leader of men at Celtic.
“They will have to find someone because they have been for three months without a manager and I have never known that in my lifetime.
“You may have had a succession of managers in the 90’s but right now though, the Celtic fans for three months have been left in a position where they don’t know who the next manager of the club will be”
Now, I am not suggesting for a single second that there is no work needing done at Celtic. Of course there is but to suggest that what the club and the fans are going now through is WORSE than that of the 90’s is absolutely ludicrous and Keevins knows that all too well.
He is forever dining out on the story of interviewing Fergus McCann in the back of a van after being denied entry to Celtic Park by Kelly & Whyte regime.
He also knows full well that during the 90’s Celtic went through a horrendous trophy less period before Tommy Burns led the side to a 1-0 Scottish Cup win courtesy of a Pierre van Hooijdonk header.
I also remember the pain of attending games a Hampden whilst Celtic Park was being rebuilt and the embarrassment of finishing fourth in the Scottish Premier behind Aberdeen and Motherwell in 1994.
1995 wasn’t much better. Although the Scottish Cup sweetened the end of the season, Celtic still finished 4th behind Motherwell and Hibs and Falkirk chasing us just three points behind. And this was also the season that Raith Rovers beat us on penalties in the League Cup.
So please, Hugh, spare us the melodramatics. This is nowhere NEAR the 90’s. This hardly even touches the 90’s.
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