I started to follow Celtic after Ange arrived, as I was intrigued to see how it will all unfold. Also before I begin I just want everyone to know I deal in fact and stats. So from where I sit at the other end of the world (Australia) and having watched Ange play for South Melbourne this is how I see things:
Ange arrived at Celtic to much skepticism. No-one knew who he was and questions were asked.
The Board gave him the benefit of the doubt and put him on a 12 month rolling contract
He brought in new players and build a squad
In his first year, he won 2 trophies (including the title)
Further refinements took place and he built a stronger squad in preparation for his second season
In the second season he won the treble
2nd season Celtic Scored over 100 goals and achieved 99 points (these are staggering numbers)
He left not long after that.
The questions I have are as follows:
- Why did the board persist with a 12 month rolling contract in his second season give his success from the first season?
- Would it not have been prudent to sign him on for 2-3 years fixed contract after Year 1?
- Did they not suspect he was going to become a target from down south given his success?
- Did they form the view that 'yes he did have success and we can keep him on a 1 yr rolling contract to save money" ?
- Did they not realise that if he leaves they get nothing for him whilst on a 12 month rolling contract as opposed to being on a fixed term contract where any potential suitor would have to pay out the contract?
- Did they not feel he was deserving of longer term deal after winning 5 trophies in 2 seasons?
No disrespect to BR, but it seems he has lost the dressing room. Players seem confused and de-motivated.
When looking at it thru a strict business lens, the strategy as outlined above makes no sense. It has now culminated in the current predicament.
I think Celtic have brought this upon themselves.
Feel free to disagree, but that’s how I see it based on facts.