Just watched Ronny back from Holiday talking with the Football Media today so I will drop in a much of what Ronny said as I can for those who can’t see the full video. He just talks utter sense the man, he knows how to make a football team work and as he progresses will become one of the best, his football brain is just something, lets enjoy this man before he taken from us by a Wealthy smaller club in many years to come I hope. The media poke and prod at him, as is their right, like they did last year when Ronny was asked (Just an example) about his thoughts on GMS and Stuart Armstrong and Ronny said “Yeah I like them” and caused Dundee United to get annoyed. Well, watching yesterdays media conference earlier I saw the Media try hard to throw fishing bait at him, he just side stepped, walked and talked past every fishing line, he is very slowly and brilliantly owning his media, the media that talk to him. This tells his Board of Directors, more important the fans and more importantly again his players that he knows what he is doing.
As I have said before, in my opinion, the day will come when a smaller but richer team will come to Celtic offering us millions for Ronny and Ronny a War chest he dreams about having now. Right now Ronny is a progressive manager working with kids and bringing unity to a changing room and his team, he did it, this season we will see it more!! One day Ronny will do as he tell’s players ‘Go and do another thing when the time is right, but first learn’ He will do this one day, he is too good to stand still. But if he stays at Celtic for life that is a privilege for all people Celtic but a bigger one for Ronny, he can be Stein, Larsson, Jimmy ‘Jinky’ Johnstone the Lisbon Lions and all of them, he can join that list, he nearly did in his first season, sadly a ball hitting a hand in a Semi Final stopped a clean trophy sweep, first season!
Everything aside what he said I will leave some of his words he said here, for those who can’t watch it on Celtic TV, here is the link for those who can watch ‘Ronny’s 1st Media Chat 2015/2016′ <Click) What Ronny said was simply what I wanted to hear. He was asked many times about players leaving and arriving and his reply was “You say this, when things happen, you know, for now I am happy with my squad” And that is exactly what he want’s and what we need, I think so also. The squad has came together as one, loan players are all gone with some returning, with some like Pukki we took the financial hit, but it even’s out always, we pay whatever fee’s for players like Forster and Wanyam and made £20M, so for the money lost there is a good return in fiscal terms, it even’s out, it’s our process just now as a club and it is working and under Ronny I think will improve, less risky ‘Balde and Pukki’s, also Derk Boerrigter and Tom Rogic as well as Eoghan O’Connell etc will get a chance, keep in mind also that Mulgrew and Ambrose are Center halves or can play there if needed and are from International level, it’s a clean slate he said, but he needs consistency in team selection, he made that clear, be it 11 player or rotating 16, he want’s a team to know they can miss a game and why, winning is everything, Ronny gets it now.
His ability to make a player better or walk away in a huff because they can’t handle his hard work is just the best, say anything about Ronny, tactics I can see are good, his 4-2-3-1 is very complicated, it took the players and as a team together time to know it and now they know his system’s because he does tinker this formation. He doesn’t make too many rash stupid sub’s in a game to confuse us all, he probably does but look at his record ONLY when he had control of the team and how it operates. Also his ability to make the players who can handle his demands and want to be better is outstanding, also to make them understand “Here, pal, you are at Celtic Football Club, we can’t be 2nd and you must be better” but better and in broken Norwegian English tongue :D we have proof…..
Ronny now has HIS squad for now for this season at least and he made nobody unsure of how happy and confident he is this squad of players will deliver this season in Europe and at home, he is VERY confident. Pre-Season he planned brilliantly against, perhaps the will of a Board of directors wanting money from games in the USA for example, the board have trusted Ronny to make the loss of money we lose in Pre-season up by getting to the Champions League group stages with double money on offer now the TV provider has changed and doubled prize money almost
Ronny said he is more concerned with the squad he has and can keep, he assured us all Van Dijk will be here for all CL Qualifiers as will all players, once in the CL should we get there, players don’t want to go, Ronny is no fool. When asked about players leaving or players coming in for certain positions he said that Mulgrew and Lustig (Who can both play CB) are back and the proverbial “It’s like 2 new players” Because it is :D Ronny made it clear the squad is as one, fitter than before and in a better shape in ways he could find no words to compare a year ago when he arrived too today and a settled side and fan base, we have lost a few loan players he almost admitted he brought in blindly as a new manager in a new team so quickly, trying to adjust without his family and kids into the Celtic culture with 2 or 3 weeks to spare to help in area’s he thought might work. Denayer did, Guidette worked for a while, the rest never, so Ronny now has all players signed and no loan players, he is purring like a cat.
So he is exited, I am exited and you should be also. Pre-season friendlies I don’t care about results, look over the last few season’s pre-season and then how we did in Europe and at home, pre-season is to get fit, change the team around and just get the right players ready for the Qualifiers. Check last year, season before’ and as far back as you want on our Pre-season and then how we did in all tournaments ‘Previous Season’s pre-season/season’s results’ <Click) Pre-season is to get fit, allow the man to do this. When the real games come focus and real desire come from his players, staff and himself for sure, we see this! Winning and losing the big games, that is were we will judge and Ronny will be judged by media and others
Lets enjoy this season, I think it’s going to be utterly AMAZING! Focus on one team, we matter!
Shauny ;-) #HH
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