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Frank Connor was in charge for 2 league matches (one victory, one draw) and a European tie first leg (won 1-0 v Sporting Lisbon) in the interval between Liam Brady's departure and Lou Macari's appointment, and he also picked the team to face Rangers (a 2-1 victory) three days after Macari's arrival. So Connor can claim to have an unbeaten record in charge of the team.
But this simply understates his performance for the short time he was in charge. The first team was a bit of a laughing stock, and Liam Brady had ended his time leaving behind a mess which few if anyone would surely want to take over. Frank Connor rallied the team together, and was the inspiration for the short spell which was a purple patch amongst most of the gloom of that era in the early 90s. The game against Rangers (Lou Macari's first as manager) was really Frank Connor's last as caretaker manager, and a wonderful victory against the Dark Side was a great way to cap off his short reign. Many of those who were there through that time will always wish him well for the effort he put in during that difficult period of transition. Sadly, things went back to normal and even got worse under the next incumbent (Lou Macari), but at least Frank Connor's brief spell helped to put a smile back on our faces for a wee while at least....
Frank Connor Record
9th, Celtic 2-1 Dundee, Premier Division
16th, Hibernian 1-1 Celtic, Premier Division
20th, Celtic 1-0 Sporting Lisbon, Uefa Cup
30th, Rangers 1-2 Celtic, Premier Division
W3 D1 L0 F6 A3
Billy Stark was in charge of the team in the last three league matches of the 1996-97 season (two victories and one draw), though the team under his charge lost in a testimonial match v the Republic of Ireland for Packie Bonner a few days after the end of Celtic's competitive season. Joe Jordan spent less than 24 hours in charge as caretaker manager.
David Hay was appointed caretaker manager following the departures of Burns and Stark but was not in charge for any matches.
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