How did we end up in this position?























I refer of course to the bad day at the office turned bad week. Now it could roll into another week if tomorrow night’s result goes against us.

The mood amongst the Celtic community is a little fragile. And don’t the media just know it?

What began as a criticism of the transfer brokering men at the club by our manager later developed into a mini drama. The draw with AEK at home, followed by John McGinn signing for Aston Villa looked like Celtic didn’t have their finger on the pulse at all.

Then there was the claim that all was not well between Brendan and the board. That fractures may be appearing at Celtic Park and Lennoxtown.

In preparation for the match against Hearts, the team was leaked hours before kick-off by someone inside Celtic. On which side of the so-called ensuing disharmony we have no idea, but it was not released for anything other than to get a reaction.

And what could be worse than a defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle? The only goal being scored by none other than Kyle Lafferty.

Or if that’s not enough for you, how about Dedryck Boyata? He’s spat the dummy out or at least his agent has on his behalf.

I mean, talk about the game’s a bogey! Did someone just turn the lights off, put their foot on the accelerator of the Celtic team bus and head straight off the edge of the Campsies?

This was the sort of week that makes Craig Levein’s am no lettin’ it go “grass-gate” look like Harry Hill’s TV Burp. I’m not sure how we ended up here.

What started out with Brendan’s candid comments has descended into total chaos. All at a time when the club need to be strengthening from a position of strength and galvanising the squad for another go at the Champions League.

It is far from ideal. In fact it is the proverbial shooting oneself in the foot.

The media are having a field day. The rest of Scottish football are sitting back, watching with glee.

Someone at Celtic needs to take control of this now. The opportunity to get out in front of it passed the minute Brendan opened his mouth.

I’m not taking any sides in this matter for one simple reason. The availability of credible information is sorely absent.

Everyone is having their say. I no longer know who or what to believe.

It seems as though everyone has a source or well placed mole. I don’t have either of those.

I just call it as I see it as a fan. In the absence of evidence you can only go with what is written or broadcasted and try to filter out the guff.

And that’s where the confusion comes in. Each report contradicts the other.

Up until now, Celtic have been fairly good in recent years at keeping matters in-house. Even when there has been a shred of a story, everyone has kept schtum.

Now it seems as though it is open season and everyone has a voice. I suggest Celtic get a grip fast.

If it’s true that Boyata doesn’t want to be there then fine sell him now. Brendan can’t keep someone who wants to leave.

Should others be surplus to requirements (Ryan Christie, Scott Allan) then get rid of them too. I’m fed up with all of this pussyfooting around.

The irony about all of this is that it all seemed to stem from the McGinn saga and I’m not even bothered about him going to Villa. Yet here we are licking our wounds over a player who if he really wanted to could have signed for the club he supports, but didn’t.

We need to get past this and move on. There are far better players available to Celtic and if they do not have a list of scouted options ready to make a move on then people are not doing their jobs.

You don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. That is as short-sighted as it is unprofessional in today’s game and at a club of our size.

We may have to cut our cloth accordingly, but we can also do better than just targeting Hibs for a player. There has been plenty of time to get a list of targets ready to move on.

What may scupper things is whatever occurs in Athens tomorrow night. I’m already wondering who will provide the spark in that game to get us out of this predicament.

That is of course another story for another blog. Lessons to be learned for sure.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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