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No tonic for the hoops?
Following a run of disappointing results, there's a very real danger that Gordon Strachan's Glasgow Celtic could finish the season without a trophy to their name.
Tony Cascarino, 15 Apr 2008
And that, come next year, the club could be looking for a new manager.
This has been the first season Gordon Strachan has been in charge of Celtic that the team’s performance hasn’t matched the supporters’ expectations. I don’t think Strachan will be there next season, because it’s got to the stage where too much has gone wrong at Parkhead. Particularly after the defeat to Motherwell, it doesn’t appear as if the fans are behind him.
As I’ve written in this column before, it’s very hard to win over fans who have turned against you, especially – as in Strachan’s case – when you’ve been at the club for a few years. I’ve always felt that in his interviews he can be a bit patronising towards the man in the street, and I don’t think either Celtic players or supporters take to that too well.
It also wasn’t a good sign that Celtic’s leading scorer, Scott McDonald, was involved in a heated exchange with Strachan when he was taken off during the Motherwell game. Celtic are now likely to end the season trophyless, and it could be that the club is about to hit a trough, given that Celtic and Rangers’ periods of dominance tend to be cyclical.
Also in the SPL, it was interesting to see Stephen Hunt’s brother, Noel, scoring for Dundee United in their 3-3 draw with Rangers. Ireland will need as many striking options as possible during the World Cup qualifiers and Noel probably deserves a full international call-up at this stage, having previously played in a B international. He has definitely shown some impressive form this season, and has been among the top scorers in the SPL.
He also finished joint top scorer in the Scottish League Cup and even scored against Rangers in the final. It’s a bit unfair, but Hunt would probably have a better chance of getting a call-up were he playing in the Championship. Still, the fact remains that we need to look at all of the in-form players available to us.
In another SPL-related story, Aiden McGeady has been linked with a move to Newcastle, in a possible swap for Damien Duff. It’s hard to say who would benefit most from the deal, as Duff has struggled to make an impact at St. James’ Park, and I feel that McGeady still has a lot to learn as a player.