Sometimes it makes you think…

California and the West Coast of North America has just weathered a monsoon-like storm over the last two days, keeping most of us indoors and, speaking personally, keeping me staring out the window at the rain pelting the tree-crested ridge that separates me from the Pacific Ocean a few miles away.

Yet I didn’t come here to wax poetic. The point is that with nothing to watch thanks to intermittent power outages until the skies cleared this morning, and with the Bohemians battling Waterford — literally battling, as in they may exchange gunfire before 90 minutes are up — in the background because, well, that happens to be on at the moment, I started to think about a conversation I had recently with one of my football-following colleagues at work over the weekend.

The basic premise of the conversation went something like this: It’s really odd — but remarkably fortunate, too — how well Celtic ended up right now in the face of earlier uncertainty, with some of the personnel that graces this season’s Celtic squad, both on the field and on the sidelines.

This is not Eddie Howe. And thank God for that. Ange Postecoglou has gotten the Hoops on the right track since taking the reins at Celtic.

Remember back when we were all wringing our hands about whether Eddie Howe was going to grace us with his presence on the Celtic sidelines, and the disappointment by most in the heel-dragging days that preceded Howe’s ultimate rejection? Well, that was a phenomenal blessing in disguise, because had Howe accepted the post, we would not have had Ange Postecoglou come to lead the club.

And the odyssey of Dom McKay? In his 40-day cameo appearance as club CEO — and prior to his departure for reasons we may never know — McKay ushered in not only the Postecoglou era, but the club had a phenomenal transfer window which essentially reinvigorated the lethargic and demoralized club.

The calculus is very simple: No McKay and Postecoglou, no Kyogo Furuhashi. No Joe Hart. No Liel Abada. No George Michael . . . I mean, no Jota. No Josip Juranovic. The list goes on and, sure, not every transfer is an instant success, but we are seeing improvement in the likes of new players like Carl Starfelt and Giorgios Giakoumakis.

Without Postecoglou’s guidance, there’s an excellent chance we don’t have a resurgent Anthony Ralston and Tom Rogic. Because of Postecoglou, we have call-ups like Adam Montgomery flourishing under a new system; an attacking style of football that was profoundly lacking — and profoundly responsible for a lackluster performance — last season.

Out of what could have been a disaster — a mad scramble for a manager and a patchwork transfer window that could have been a disaster — at the advent of this season, the end result with McKay and Postecoglou calling the shots may have been just the thing Celtic needed to get things back to normal.

Speculation is a funny thing, and while I would prefer not to think of where we might be under Eddie Howe’s leadership had he taken the Celtic post, I would be willing to bet we would not be as far along in Celtic’s recovery as we are right now under Postecoglou.

Well, the Bohs dropped one to Waterford 2-1 and we have Hibernian on Wednesday at Easter Road. Mon the Hoops!

3 thoughts on “Sometimes it makes you think…”

  1. It would seem that Ange has won the faith of those who doubted him before he even stepped foot on the holy ground of Celtic Park. It’s easy to doubt the man if his name means nothing on this continent, this country, but anyone would have been better than his predecessor who will always be known as the man who lost the ten and who continues to blame everyone except himself.
    Ange has brought in some golden nuggets and although the players are still being acclimatised, they look as if they’re champions in the making. HH

  2. In the world of whit the f. I suppose the Eddie Howe becomes a Dangerous Corner/Sliding Doors moment, the WTF would have happened. We’ll never know the Eddie Howe, but we sure are happy with our choice just now.

  3. We can all see that Ange’s influence is starting to take effect but no prizes are given out in October so a modicum of caution has to be noted here. Having said that there’s an excitement around this Celtic side again that was sadly lacking last season. If we’re there or thereabouts in May then it’ll be interesting to see how the tribute act handle the pressure. They won the league last year without their fans in situ and because we imploded so dramatically, it’ll be interesting to see if their players bottle it after Christmas like they did the two previous seasons with fans in the stadium. A few quality signings in the January window might give us fresh impetus for a real assault at the title but something tells me that even if we come up short the gap will be a lot less than the 25 points we ceded to them last season.

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