Defeats can be hard, defeats can send the already sensitive part of the Celtic support over the edge while other try to take it on the chin.
Our major shareholder sat at Hampden yesterday among the Celtic players, celebrating and enjoying the occasion but the businessman will be the first to admit he didn’t enjoy his trip to Hampden last season.
Rumour has it that during the dying days of the Deila empire, when a poor Celtic side fell to a Sevco side playing at the top of their game on penalties, it ignited a fire under the Irishman. Not because we lost a Championship side because these things can happen, a result that Desmond would have to take on the chin like many of us. However, onlookers in the directors box at Hampden that fateful day watched a cavalier, disrespectful and classless display by the Sevco board, who lorded around like they’d won the Champions League. Not one of them extending their hand to the millionaire and generally not showing the type of “dignity” they try to preach in their daily statements.
It’s well known in Celtic circles now that this was the day Deila’s fate was sealed and the orders were given by the majority shareholder. As he watched the lack of class unfold, his message to Lawwell was simple – ‘Enough is enough, go get me a real manager’. While this may be somewhat paraphrased, Celtic majority shareholder had enough.
Within days, Ronny Deila had come out and told the fans he would be leaving in the summer and with that Celtic went about appointing a new manager.
After the five in a row title celebrations on the final day of last season, Ronny was on a plane that Sunday night and by the following Friday after so much speculation Brendan Rodgers was announced as Celtic’s next manager. Something many fans could not believe the club had managed to pull off.
The manager addressed a crowd of over 15,000 the following Monday afternoon at Celtic Park and since then we haven’t looked back.
As I said at the top of the page, defeats are always hard to take but sometimes they are necessary. The failure to beat Sevco on penalties back in February was a tough one, however, it proved the catalyst behind where we are right now not to mention it also gave way to Hibernian’s Scottish Cup triumph which was also so delicious it had to be fattening.
Maybe some peepul should tread carefully and when they do win, which is not often, show a bit of humility because the humble pie they’re currently tucking into is plentiful.