Time for a breather

After four games in charge at Celtic, Neil Lennon will be glad of the international break. It’s been a bizarre year for the former club captain.

First came the unusual and protracted departure as Hibs manager at the end of January. Then, less than a month later, he is back at Celtic.

It’s probably one of the most swift and seamless managerial transitions at Celtic in the modern-day. Yes, people were shocked and even angry at Brendan Rodgers leaving, but the club found themselves with an instant solution.

You would be forgiven for thinking that they already knew this was all coming. Some people even claimed well in advance that Brendan Rodgers could have been gone in January.

Fact or fiction? Well it certainly seems entirely likely now.

It appears somewhat convenient. Don’t expect the truth to come out though.

Right now, Neil Lennon has a job to complete on behalf of the club. After a whirlwind start to his second spell as interim head coach, he’ll be taking a bit of a breather to assess the games ahead for Celtic.

It’s been three wins and one draw since his first game at the end of February. Zero defeats and just one goal conceded.

At the weekend, Celtic took advantage of the Premiership stalemates in the top four and extended their lead in the league to ten points. It didn’t come easily though and it very nearly didn’t happen at all.

The Bhoys made heavy weather of things for the second week in a row. “Turgid” was the post-match buzz word.

Neil Lennon has stated that he intends to change Celtic’s style of play. I don’t know if that means before the end of the season or if the gets the job permanently – unless it is his already.

You would have to assume then that so far, he has not attempted to upset that balance too much. It’s not as if Celtic were playing poorly before Lennon arrived so keeping that momentum without altering the way that the team play would be understandable.

However, if Neil does plan to change it, he’ll need time for it to evolve. The winning formula was broken against Aberdeen and it was looking like it was going the same way against Dundee.

That was until Odsonne Edouard delivered a winning goal in the 96th minute. More importantly, Celtic are still unbeaten domestically game in 2019.

And of course, the time added on caused all manner of debate amongst rival fans and the pundits. The negative reaction to Celtic Football Club’s ongoing domination is becoming palpable.

The added time at Dens Park sparked fury with people of a certain persuasion. The reaction was over the top by many, yet if you are on the losing side, it is understandable to be disappointed in losing.

I don’t need to justify the six minutes that were added on. Others have covered this already and it is spot on.

If you’d successfully put up a gritty defence for over ninety minutes, only to lose at the death, any manager, player or fan would be unhappy. The Dundee manager was the first to air his opinion that he couldn’t fathom where the official had got those six minutes from.

He went further by saying that they “never get six minutes” when they need it. Talk about spitting the dummy out.

Of course, many have also pointed out that Jim McIntyre has a short memory. So short that he can’t remember the month of February when at 2-2 against Kilmarnock, the match went into 96 minutes at Dens Park.

Funnily enough, Dundee had a chance to win that one at the death. But Mr Kenneth Miller missed a spot kick with virtually the last kick of the ball.

I’d suggest that Dundee have had six minutes when they needed it and blew it. Mr McIntyre should review his statement because there’s nothing strange about the six minutes as they were justified by the laws of game.

There’s nobody to blame. Not even the Ibrox loving officials on the day.

Furthermore, when time is added on, is it not for both teams? The same situation you faced in February only, you failed to score the winner.

As it was, Sunday’s game actually went into the 98th minute. McIntyre himself chose to use that added time to make a third substitution in the 94th minute, thus lengthening the overall game time again.

His side also had a chance to score moments before that. Would he have felt the time was unjustified had his team pulled off a winner?

The entire matter is a non-story. Play until the whistle blows, Jim.

Perhaps the significance of this ten point lead is too much for some to bear. Especially across the city.

Whilst Celtic have had their season disrupted by last summer’s drama and the sharp exit of a dominating manager last month, they fight on to that final whistle. That spirit, no matter how poorly they play in our eyes, is what wins you titles and trophies.

Once other teams possess what we have, we can have a serious chat. Until then dry your eyes and get your own house in order.

Celtic are in a state of flux and trying to steer themselves toward an eighth successive title with a different manager. Now the international break is here, Neil Lennon and his backroom team have some thinking to do.

Change things or play the same way? How much impact Neil has had so far is unknown.

He has obviously leaned heavily on John Kennedy. What is unclear is how much he has altered things, if at all.

Against Hearts and Hibs Celtic played well and upon returning to Celtic Park we expected more of the same. That never came to pass and Neil even said the players were mentally exhausted.

Why, I don’t know? Because of Brendan’s departure or because too much was being asked of them?

I’d love to know. I really would.

As much as international breaks can be an annoyance, I think this one is timely. Some serious thought and planning must go into the remaining games.

The next match is against Rangers at Celtic Park. The coaching team must be focussed on winning that one.

I still wonder though, was this transition longer in the works than disclosed or just fortunate timing? I guess we’ll find out when the permanent manager is announced.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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Time to make it ten

Rangers and Aberdeen were each held to second successive draws in the Scottish Premiership yesterday by their respective opponents. Kilmarnock continued their unbeaten run in the league against Rangers under Steve Clarke’s management whilst Livingston held on for a point at Pittodrie.

Hearts stumbled to their third defeat in five league matches against Hamilton. That win was vital to the Lanarkshire club’s hopes of staying up, but for Hearts it allowed Hibs to close the gap on them to 2 points.

St Johnstone v St Mirren was called off due to a water-logged pitch meaning the bottom side remain rooted to the foot of the table. The Perthshire club meantime have dropped to 9th in the league with Livingston drawing level on points with a better goal difference.

Which brings us to roundly to today’s match at Dens Park. Celtic make the journey to face second bottom, Dundee.

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Dundee after they sacked Neil McCann in October last year. He had stepped in for Paul Hartley who was sacked in April 2017.

Now Jim McIntyre has been tasked with keeping the club in the Premiership. So far this season he has suffered 5-0 (home) and 3-0 (away) hammerings by Celtic.

Even with a recent managerial change by today’s visitors, it is unlikely that Dundee will prevent what should be a relatively straightforward three points for Celtic. The champions have players returning from injury at just the right time and we will continue to see Neil Lennon put his own mark on the way this squad is set up.

Despite the draw with Aberdeen last week, there is a chance to make some alterations in the starting eleven. Neil got it wrong against the Dons and he will be keen to establish a ten point lead going into the international break.

He needs to freshen things up a little. Add some vigour to see off Dundee so I reckon he’ll go with Burke and Edouard in attack.

There may be a break coming up for some of the team whilst others go off to play for their respective countries, but it would be good to notch up a few goals against Dundee. Neil is more than capable fo getting the right blend to inflict a barrage of goals against he opposition.

He is still tinkering with the team whilst utilising John Kennedy’s first hand experience with the players. Dundee will be hoping to take advantage of St Mirren’s postponed game yesterday to put a gap between them, but Celtic should also be looking to put Dundee to the sword.

Probable line-up:

Scott Bain, Mikael Lustig, Kieran Tierney, Kristoffer Ajer, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Brown, Nir Bitton, Scott Sinclair, James Forrest, Oliver Burke and Odsonne Edouard.

If the game goes Celtic’s way early on, I reckon Neil will be swift in swapping out some of his starters to allow those who have been on the periphery to be given a chance. Let’s not mess about today Bhoys and just take us ten points clear.

Prediction: Dundee 0 – 4 Celtic

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

The next four matches…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With four games left before the Scottish Premiership divides, a portion of teams will be fighting it out for places in the top six and for survival in the top flight lower down the league. In its history, the split generally hasn’t had much of an impact on the destination of the title but it has thrown up one or two decent season finales.

Last season was the tightest it has been in years when Celtic won by a margin of 9 points. You have to go back to 2010 when Rangers pipped Celtic to the title by a single point before going into liquidation the following year.

In between those seasons, Celtic have won the other six titles by an average of 19.5 points. The largest margin in that period being the 30 point gap amassed during their invincible season of 2016-2017.

At the moment, there are currently 8 points between Celtic and Rangers. Aberdeen are 7 points behind Rangers in 3rd place and it looks as though the Derek McInnes might have to concede 2nd place for the first time in four seasons unless things continue to go their way against Steven Gerrard’s side, who are now said to be concentrating on the league.

Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock are just 1 point behind the Don’s in 4th place so there is a bit of a battle going on there. It’s also worth noting that Hearts are only 3 points behind in 5th place and could quite easily find themselves in a three-way battle for 3rd position.

Celtic don’t play until Sunday when they travel to Dundee. The rest of the Premiership games take place this afternoon.

Rangers host Kilmarnock, Aberdeen host Livingston and Hearts are away to Hamilton so those margins could look very different depending on today’s results. The most interesting match this afternoon will be at Ibrox.

Kilmarnock were battered 5-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup last month. They conceded an early goal in that game, but their challenge became near impossible when they went down to 10 men in the 25th minute.

They conceded one mroe goal before half-time and a further three in the second half. It was also the game where Steve Clarke spoke out about this sectarian abuse he recevied as he stood on the touch line.

What is worth pointing out, if it needs to be, is that under Steve Clarke, Kilmarnock have done very well against Rangers. In fact, the only time he has lost was that cup replay, having drew 0-0 at Rugby Park.

Clarke’s league record at Ibrox is P3 W1 D2 L0. At home against Rangers in the league it’s P2 W2 D0 L0.

Is there a chance he could put the brakes on Gerrard’s crew today? I don’t see why not, especially after the manner of the last game.

I expect Aberdeen to win today and if they do, they might even be closing the gap on Rangers. Although the Scottish Cup is their only chance of silverware, they won’t want to give up 2nd place easily.

What of the rest of the league though? I haven’t discussed Hibs who are currently in 6th place, just 5 points behind Hearts.

Personally, I don’t think they’ll catch their Edinburgh rivals now. They have a good chance of staying in the top six though.

Motherwell are 2 points behind the Leith side in 7th position, St Johnstone have slipped down to 8th, also 2 points behind, and Livingston are 1 point behind them in 9th place. That leaves the bottom three clubs who are battling for survival.

By the looks of it Hamilton (21 pts), Dundee (18 pts) and St Mirren (17 pts) will be slugging it out. They are in the drop zone whilst the rest of the league remain safe.

After this weekend it’s the international break. Good for some, not so good for others.

Under new management, this could actually be good timing for Celtic. Neil Lennon spoke about injuries recently and is beginning to see players return to action including Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor, Filip Benkovic and Tom Rogic.

He also has players such as Vakoun Bayo, Armstrong Okoflex and Karamoko Dembele to call upon before the end of the season, should he wish to. By the time the international break has passed Celtic should be largely full fit with the exception of a few.

That is good news considering when they do return, it will be at Celtic Park against Rangers. That result will go a long way to shutting the door on the Ibrox club if it hasn’t been already.

After that, Neil Lennon has Livingston and St Mirren to play before the league splits. By that time, I am predicting a greater gap than the current one.

Kilmarnock might aid that by taking some points at Ibrox today. Then it’s down to us, Hearts and Motherwell after the break.

All eyes on Ibrox. Over to you Mr Clarke.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Neil has immediate challenges to contend with but will they extend beyond this season?

Neil Lennon is now three games into his second spell as Celtic manager. Having drawn blank with Aberdeen at the weekend, the euphoria that engulfed his first week back at the club, has now received a small dose of reality.

The season is far from concluded, but there are just nine games left to play in the league. Barring any major many slip ups, Neil and the players should deliver an eighth straight title for the club.

That journey began with the former club captain in his full second season as Celtic’s permanent manager back in 2012. He has a chance to add to that tally in 2019 as the club’s caretaker manager.

Neil’s other goal is the road to Hampden. A quarter-final win at Easter Road placed Celtic in the semi final with the winners of tonight’s replay between Aberdeen and Rangers.

Whichever team progresses from that match, stands between Celtic and a third Scottish Cup Final in a row. Neil Lennon doesn’t have the momentum that his predecessor had in his back pocket though.

So the challenge is to somehow keep things going without allowing the recent disruption getting to the players or himself. Because in the back of his mind he’ll also be thinking, as he did around this time nine years ago, “is this job going to be mine beyond the summer?”

There’s no doubt that he was our go to man the other week. We’re also extremely fortunate that he was out of work.

Had he not been, there’s every possibility Celtic could have dropped more points or out even gone out of the Scottish Cup. It’s fair to say that John Kennedy has been a constant in the dugout for the last five years and would’ve been the making of him had he been handed the interim role.

I don’t think I would have wished that upon him though. One day, that might be his challenge, but right now he can offer his assistance to a man who has been there and done it already.

Whatever Neil thinks of himself now as a manager, he must focus purely on winning. Not for himself, but for the players and the fans.

There’s part of me that can’t see past Neil as manager again. Primarily because of his connection with the club.

More over, he stated that he saw himself back at the club one day, just that he didn’t expect it to be this soon. And due to that early comeback, does that mean it’s now or never?

There’s also a concern that Celtic could see Neil as an easy choice. Someone familiar with the club and could possibly hit the ground running without too much of a financial burden.

That could sit well with many on the board. Unless they have other candidates in the pipeline.

However, in Neil’s absence the club have moved on. Yes, he knows a fair amount of this team and the non-playing personnel at the club, but the club has been trying to evolve.

Ronny Deila was unpopular for trying to make radical changes behind the scenes. After two seasons he was gone, but Brendan Rodgers maintained and built upon those standards without the same resistance.

Those were not standards introduced by Neil. He’s a different kind of coach.

My worry is that if he isn’t a believer in the 24 hour athlete would he change course? We don’t want to be moving backwards.

I’m not saying this Celtic squad is the finished article, far from it. The one thing that Celtic had to do was change the culture in diet, fitness and lifestyle.

Why? Because of the standards in clubs across Europe.

If Celtic truly want to make in-roads on the continent we have to aspire to those standards. From the training ground to the canteen.

The question is, would Neil embrace that? He decided to call it a day at the point Ronny Deila was coming on board in one capacity or another.

It was only Neil’s departure that allowed Ronny to step into his role for himself. You get a sense that Neil wasn’t overly welcoming of Ronny’s impending arrival five years ago.

He had endured the worst that a football manager ever could have received and survived it all. In the end he left, but the dust had settled on a dramatic and often chaotic managerial spell.

Since then he has held two managerial roles. Bolton Wanderers was a forgettable experience whilst at Hibs he did a great job, particularly against Celtic and Rangers.

What might hinder Neil’s chances of getting the job permanently this time around is that Celtic are a better prospect to potential suitors now than they were nine years ago when he took over. Brendan Rodgers has added some kudos to the club and to Scottish football so there is greater attraction now.

Neil’s hat is in the ring for sure, but Celtic may have other interested candidates and targets. The club have to ensure they are still moving forward and whilst Neil is the right man now, he may not be in come the summer.

There is more at stake here than the club’s relationship with a man we all respect a great deal. Progression for the club is top of that list.

Right now all focus must be on the league and the cup. Ultimately, who is in charge come the summer will be decided by the board.

Unless they have made that decision already. We’ll find out in the weeks and months to come.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

 

Friends reunited

Neil Lennon returned to manage Celtic once again on Tuesday of this week. By Wednesday, he was meeting the players and the backroom staff that his predecessor failed to poach for himself.

By the evening he was in the away dugout at Tynecastle taking charge of his first match. He had the support of his coaching staff, all of whom he is familiar with other than Damien Duff who arrived at the club in January.

The former club captain is back in the surroundings he has spent the majority of his playing and coaching career in. From Celtic Park to Lennoxtown, from the board room to reception, he knows this club.

He has also worked with eight of the current first team squad before, one of which was during his recent spell at Hibs. The rest he will get to know as the season progresses.

It’s a similar situation to the one he faced in 2010 in that he is tasked with seeing out the season. The only key difference on this occassion is that the club are not in as poor a position and he has the experience he didn’t have before.

Nine years ago the club were floundering under Tony Mowbray. Neil stepped up from reserve team coach to take over from the current Blackburn Rovers coach following his sacking.

Ironically, Lennon had been a first team coach under Gordon Strachan. Upon Mowbray’s arrival, he “demoted” the former club captain to deal with the reserves only for him to take the reigns off him less than a year later.

Once more he is tasked with steering the current Celtic team to another title and cup. It is not something that is out of his control.

In 2010, he won all of the remaining league matches, but Rangers needed to stumble and didn’t. The only blip was the Scottish Cup Semi-Final exit to First Division side Ross County which Lennon castigated the team for.

Since then, he has carved out his own piece of Celtic history as a manager. He began the march to ten-in-a-row in 2012 which he then passed onto Ronny Deila, who in turn passed to Brendan Rodgers.

So it has come full circle for Neil now. He has the opportunity to complete a treble upin his return however long it may be for.

Should he manage that, it would put him in good stead as a permanent candidate in the summer. He admitted to the media that he expected to walk through the doors again as manager, just not as soon as this.

I think many of us also felt that one day he would return. I don’t think he would get a third crack as manager so if he is to take over permanently again then this could be it.

I’ll share my own thoughts on that as the rest of the season unfolds. Right now, the focus is on the next game.

There won’t be any personnel changes in the team. He knows who he has at his disposal.

Usually we’d be thinking about the next season, but right now that isn’t Neil’s focus. Having beaten Hearts in injury time midweek he now makes another revistits another old stomping ground tomorrow.

On Saturday evening he is back in Edinburgh to face Hibs at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final. You couldn’t have asked for a more poignant meeting.

It has been quite a week for the Celtic faithful. Even more so for Neil Lennon.

We look forward together. Team, management and support.

We are Neil Lennon. We are Celtic.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

Brendan conned us all…

He came to Celtic telling stories of his love for the club. A supporter man and boy who was privileged to work with the late Tommy Burns.

The “dream job”, as he put it, was also a dream appointment for all of the fans. We were all in – hook, line and sinker.

And how could we question his adoration after delivering an invincible treble in his first season? Simultaneously putting us back on the Champions League stage.

In season two he delivered an unprecedented double treble with slightly better progress in Europe. The football wasn’t as good as the first season, but we were jubilant with back-to-back trebles nonetheless.

Then last summer matters hit the skids and the wheels came off. Players leaving, players wanting to leave, players not coming in.

Internal struggles with the board and/or Peter Lawwell appeared to be at the heart of the breakdown. Numerous comments to the media by Rodgers seemed to cast a shadow over the club.

The summer of discontent began with the departure of Stuart Armstrong (an unsurprising exit), failure to land John McGinn (a long expected signing), wantaway rebel Dedryck Boyata (a disruptive farce) and eleventh hour departure of Moussa Dembele (a knife in the back). And who can forget about that lucrative Chinese offer Brendan had to tell us about after he’d turned it down?

The fractures from last summer never fully healed. Initially we all levelled blame at the board, but after Rodgers’ sharp exit I’m re-evaluating that.

As a Liverpool fan in the family advised me last summer, Brendan had a bit of an ego problem. I wasn’t entirely certain then but I am now.

Even the comments of Dembele make for good reading now. Might there be more to last summer’s breakdown than we realise?

For Rodgers to walk out at such a crucial stage in the season is unforgivable. It’s clear he wanted out, but could have retained his credibility and stayed until the end of the season.

What’s disappointing is that he’s settled for a mid-table club who’ll probably win nothing whilst he’s there. Leicester City won the league for the first time in their history three years ago, but don’t expect that to ever happen again in our lifetime.

He’s their third manager since they sacked Ranieri two years ago. He might be the right fit for Leicester now, but for how long?

Brendan has conned the supporters and players to jump ship at the first sight of Premier League land. I’ve held him in high regard since his days at Swansea, but now that is all undone.

I can’t take away what he’s achieved. It’s astonishing.

To walk away from Celtic whilst on the brink of history though, I cannot begin to fathom. It’s clear he never had the affection he claimed to have for Celtic.

No true Celtic fan walks away from the club in this manner. You just wouldn’t.

It’s career suicide. Especially to a club like Leicester City, who are 11 points from the relegation zone.

I’d love to wish him all the best, but I can’t. He betrayed us with his hollow words.

Obviously he’ll have the cash to spend at Leicester that Celtic didn’t. He won’t enjoy European football though, domestic silverware or the legendary status he had in Glasgow.

He’s actually lost all respect amongst the Celtic fans now. In years to come it will be interesting to reflect upon this and see how it rests in Celtic history.

Brendan’s followed the money for sure, but Leicester won’t replicate the success of three years ago. That ship has sailed.

In the interim, Celtic have installed former interim and permanent manager Neil Lennon. It’s an ideal short term fix which will hopefully keep the momentum going.

Alongside him will be John Kennedy as assistant and Damien Duff as his number three. Tonight they’ll all be at Tynecastle, but who will be in the dugout has yet to be confirmed.

The task of preserving Celtic’s eight point lead at the top of the league is the priority. The team will be prepared by John Kennedy.

There’s obviously more at stake this season with a treble in sight. The disruptive nature of Rodgers’ exit though could be just the invitation other Scottish clubs needed to halt Celtic’s domination.

The hard work for Lennon, Kennedy and Duff begins this evening. Let’s hope they can see it through to the summer.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

At least the weather will be nice in Valencia…

What a see saw of a week it’s been for Celtic. The highs and lows of football.

Having started 2019 in impeccably blistering domestic form, Valencia came to Celtic Park for the first leg of the last 32 tie of the Europa League. There was confidence amongst the support that Celtic could get a result.

The reality of European football can put all of your domestic achievements in perspective rather quickly. And despite starting and finishing the game somewhat strong, Valencia all but put Celtic’s European hopes to bed with two goals.

Brendan remained buoyant that Celtic could still bounce back but the likelihood of that is slim to none. Our away record in Europe does not make for good reading so this would indeed be a masterstroke or stroke of luck if the odds were beaten.

As it is, the odds of beating Valencia at Celtic Park were already stacked against us. Admittedly, we did shoot ourselves in the foot (again) and when things were clearly not working on the park we failed to change it in a timely manner (again).

Next up was a late afternoon meeting in Kilmarnock last Sunday. Steve Clarke’s side have given us problems in the past and the media were already piling the pressure on Celtic as to whether they would have a European hangover.

I mean, as if this story hasn’t been used countless times already. Yes, it is more likely that after facing a European side that Celtic may not be at their best for the next domestic opponent.

That’s because the opponents are generally way above the standard of anything else Scotland can produce (other than Celtic), long distance travel is often involved and usually the domestic side we are facing hasn’t had European football to contend with. So it’s a kind of no brainer that Celtic might suffer after over-exerting themselves midweek.

By comparison, European football had a similar effect on our friends over at Ibrox. In eleven European games played, both teams had similar post-European results.

Celtic         W7 D1 L3
Rangers      W7 D2 L2

This isn’t some new phenomena. It is a likely risk which few in Scottish football experience.

In the Scottish Premiership, three out of four of Celtic’s defeats and one out of their three draws followed European football. Europe has had the greatest impact on the club’s league position.

The one remaining defeat and two draws have occurred outside of this scenario though. These results followed an international break, the League Cup final and a midweek seven goal thriller away to in Aberdeen.

Again, is it likely to drop points or lose a game following a major event? Of course it is, but to suggest Celtic suffer from a hangover when no other team does is quite frankly laughable, particularly when Celtic are generally the only team from Scotland to have been flying the flag in Europe regularly.

When Celtic took to the field against Kilmarnock last Sunday, it did look like it was heading for a draw. However, Celtic didn’t give up and Scott Brown was credited with scoring the match winner and a second yellow card.

It was a silly yellow card, but I saw it coming. The question I would like to know is would he still have been booked if the fans hadn’t run onto the grass?

That was Broony’s second goal of the season. It was also back-to-back domestic goals for the club captain.

The last time he managed that was in May 2015 against Dundee and Aberdeen. That new contract has certainly refocused his Celtic career, having not scored almost two years to the day of his last goal for the club in February 2017.

I’d like to see him put in a good performance this evening in Valencia. We all know this game is a dead rubber, but the players can at least show us some spirit because the fans deserve it, especially the travelling ones.

The last 32 will be the terminus for Celtic’s European adventures once again. This is and will continue to be our stop until we approach these games correctly.

Buying more expensive players isn’t necessarily the answer or within our means as a club. Getting it right first time against organised opponents is.

Setting out your stall correctly, cutting out mistakes and deploying the right tactics is a good start. Valencia’s starting eleven had a market value of over £140M with nearly £60M on the bench.

In hindsight there’s a lot Brendan and the Bhoys could have done to play better and get a result without having to match them financially. Money isn’t always the answer though. it’s just a measure of the market a team like Valencia operate in.

Our team will require further surgery in the summer. Our coaching team also have much to work out if any progress is to be made in Europe at all.

Indeed the question some might already be asking is can Brendan take us any further in Europe? We have our limitations, but has this European tour gone as far as it can?

I actually think we can do better. A lot better.

Tonight though we will close the door on the European stage until July’s qualifiers come around again. Then it’s game on as we turn out attention to a treble-treble.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac