Danny Stewart: A new song at Celtic, but who sings from the same hymn sheet?
It says a lot about the resilience of football fans that, hours after the bombshell news that Eddie Howe was not coming north, Celtic fans had a new song ready to play for Angel Postecoglou, the next best. choice of Hoops.
That says it all, too, on the humor that is never far from the game, that their song contains an admission: “We don’t know who he is because he manages in Japan.”
A slight relief is important for hoop enthusiasts at this time.
After a disastrous season on the pitch, the prolonged failure to land the former Bournemouth boss as the new manager has been a complete shambles.
There is nothing wrong with allowing your favorite candidate to wait until the end of the season to take the job.
But you have to be 100% sure that when summer rolls around he’ll be right there on your pitch, posing for the cameras with a cheesy smile and holding a club scarf over his head.
All the evidence suggests Celtic believed this to be the case.
Any action by the club to pursue other options somehow ends up in the media.
The diverse agendas of people around potential candidates make leaks almost impossible to control.
It wasn’t until the last few days that they started to inquire after smelling a rat with Howe.
For months before, all had been quiet except for the discussions about the new man’s efforts to secure the behind-the-scenes team he was looking for.
Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes, along with coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone, were the men he was looking for.
The line that went around was that a deal had been “agreed upon in principle” – a term that was actually a nod to the fans that they could put the kettle on for Eddie and his entourage arriving as they arrived. renewed their subscriptions.
Unfortunately, after pitching their tent, they later looked up to see it blowing halfway across the valley in a wind.
Clearly, Celtic should have tied him up in March or walked away in search of a safer alternative.
The club’s statement refers to circumstances beyond Howe’s control, and the club’s control, as the cause of the collapse.
Who to read: “The others did not want to come to Scotland to try their luck in a football environment more raw than what they are used to on the sunny south coast of England”.
What will make it even more painful for Celtic fans – and this one you can put the kettle on – is the opportunity to snap a photo that will accompany the Howe and Co unveiling at Crystal Palace or similar location. in a close future.
The Celts themselves cannot afford to worry about this. They need to make their second choice count.
If it’s going to be Ange Postecoglou, they’ll have to give him all the support they can to make sure he gets to a flyer.
Because otherwise, the storm that has raged at the club throughout 2020-2021 will continue at the pace of the new season ahead.