Here at Vital Celtic, I try to offer balance to any business Celtic conduct. Whether it was the club appointing Neil Lennon in the showers, or when we spent £5m on a Greek keeper that couldn’t save water if you placed the tap in front of him.
Over the course of the last week I have been defending Celtic’s decision to go after Ange Postecoglou as the next manager. Well, that’s not strictly true, I have been defending him from the attacks of the Scottish press who seem determined to character assassinate the man whilst simultaneously claiming they have ‘never heard of the guy‘. Yes I know. Unsurprising.
But people I do listen to when it comes to almost forensic analysis of the board and their decisions, is my good friend, James Forrest, over at The Celtic Blog.
James scrutinises not only the positives of the club but he is meticulous and precise when it comes to those choices he feels that could damage our great institution.
He was voracious in his criticism when Celtic appointed Lennon after securing the Treble Treble when most bloggers wouldn’t touch it, but also glowing in his praise when the board captured arguably the best manager of my generation in Brendan Rodgers.
Today, he took to Twitter and posted this, “I understand that a lot of people want to find positives in this.
Is Ange Postecoglou the man for the Celtic job?
“I get it. But the reality of what we’re about to do has to start sinking in.
“We’re appointing an Australian League manager, his assistant will be John Kennedy and a week ago we were expecting Eddie Howe.”
I understand that a lot of people want to find positives in this. I get it. But the reality of what we're about to do has to start sinking in. We're appointing an Australian League manager, his assistant will be John Kennedy and a week ago we were expecting Eddie Howe.
— TheCelticBlog (@CelticBlog2018) June 4, 2021
And something really resonated with me here. Have I spent all week defending Postecoglou from the media witch hunt but took my eye off the ball to actually scrutinise what the board are doing appointing a relatively unknown manager (at least in this part of the world)? I hope not.
Like I have said in other articles, I am willing to see what he brings to the club, but the decline of our club since Brendan Rodgers left is there for all to see and James has been at the forefront cross examining every single move.
Understand this, for the good of my club, I genuinely hope James has got this wrong but in all honesty, he’s made all the big calls, and called them right. Every. Single. Time.
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