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Celtic FC: An Offer They Must Not Refuse




Celtic FC: An Offer They Must Not Refuse

Art so-often imitates life.

This tale-of-two-halves began in 1972.

During Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal classic ‘The Godfather’, endless tit-for-tat oneupmanship between rival factions; showed little sign of abating.

A narrative shift became necessary.

Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), instructed head of communications Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall); to engage the media in the unsavoury alliance that exists between power, and the people; – thereby facilitating tangible change.

Comparisons (albeit tenuous), currently exist in relation to the stewardship within Celtic Football Club.

A period of unqualified domestic success was interrupted in Season 2020-21, as their city rivals emerged as the dominant force within Scottish Football.

Boardroom opacity; aligned with unresolved personnel issues, further cloud the landscape in Glasgow’s East-End – undermining new head coach Ange Postecoglou’s efforts to impart his footballing strategy.

Postecoglou – recruited on a 12-month rolling contract, warrants a sportsmans chance (at the very least).

An indifferent start to the 2021-22 campaign, therefore necessitates an intervention from the clubs head of communication, to assume better control of the narrative.

An acknowledgement of the recent  power-shift, would provide an element of reality; after-all, Rangers FC register as odds-on favourites (with every turf accountant this side of the Pecos), to retain top spot. Simultaneously; point-out that Celtic FC are entering a period of transition – with current expectations suitably tempered.

The immediate priority  involves shaping a collective – representative of the clubs historic footballing tradition. Supporters (though at-times impatient), welcome transparency.

This may also help offset the hyperbole which has enveloped their early-season performances.

‘Catastrophe’ – ( I suggest), is a term more in-tune with reportage from conflict zones – than a first round European Qualifier; and invites challenge from the raft of ex-professionals on-hand to provide match analysis.

Michael Corleone’s intervention reeked of business acumen.

Celtic FC require similar visionaries, as they embark on a new chapter.


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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.


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