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PersonalFullname: Gordon David Strachan
aka: Gordon Strachan, WGS (Wee Gordon Strachan)
Born: 9 Feb 1957
Birthplace: Muirhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Position (as a player): RHS Midfielder (attacking)
Internationals (as a player): Scotland
International Caps (as a player): 50 caps
International Goals (as a player): 5 goals
Manager: 1 June 2005 - 25 May 2009
| "I don't know if there is another big club where the supporters have a love like the supporters have a love for this club." |
WGS on the Celtic fans (quote taken from "Celtic Minded 2" (book), 2006)
PlayerDuring his playing career he played for
- Dundee (1974-1977),
- Aberdeen (1977-1984),
- Manchester United (1984-1989),
- Leeds United (1989-1995) and
- Coventry City (1995-1997).
Gordon Strachan was an aggressive, skilful right-sided midfield player. He never played for Celtic as a player, and generally was not the most popular opposition player. Nippy and aggressive, he irked some of the Celtic support but mostly it was due to his ability as being just a great player for Aberdeen during a golden period for them.
Overall, he was a great entertaining Scottish player and the Celtic support appreciated that at least.
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| From |
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|Fee||League|| Scottish/ |
| League cup__ || Other|
| Coventry ||22-03-1995||31-05-1997||Free||13 (13)||0||2 (1)||0||3 (1)||0||0 (0)||0|
| Leeds ||23-03-1989||22-03-1995||£ 300,000||188 (9)||37||14 (0)||2||19 (0)||3||14 (1)||3|
| Man Utd ||13-08-1984||23-03-1989||£ 500,000||155 (5)||33||23 (0)||2||12 (1)||1||10 (2)||3|
| Aberdeen ||01-11-1977||13-08-1984||£ 50,000||175 (8)||55||25 (0)||7||43 (3)||20||30 (4)||7|
| Dundee ||01-01-1971||01-11-1977||Junior||56 (13)||13||7 (0)||1||11 (2)||1||1 (1)||0|
|Totals|| || ||£ 850,000||587 (48)||138||71 (1)||12||88 (7)||25||55 (8)||13|
| || || ||goals / game||0.21|| ||0.16|| ||0.26|| ||0.20|| |
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ManagementWGS became Coventry City's Director of Football in November 1996.
He finally retired as a player at the end of the season after making his last appearance at the age of 40, a record in the English Premiership.
Strachan kept Coventry in the Premiership until 2001, when they finally went down after 34 years of top division football. He was sacked shortly after the start of the 2001-02 Division One campaign.
Gordon Strachan returned to management within weeks, taking the manager's job at Southampton - after Strachan's appointment in October 2001, they finished 11th in the Premiership.
In 2002-03 when they finished eighth and reached the FA Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Arsenal, but since Arsenal had qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Southampton qualified for the 2003-04 UEFA Cup.
In March 2004, Gordon Strachan announced his resignation as Southampton manager, earlier than intended because he wanted to spend time with his family.
When Berti Vogts stepped down as Scottish national coach, Strachan was widely tipped to take over until Walter "Wattie" Smith got the job, and he was even linked with the manager's job at Portsmouth, but turned down the offer to take over.
Strachan has also been an analyst of football matches for the media, most notably on the BBC's Match of the Day 2 show. Renowned for his deadpan humour as much as his shrewd tactical awareness, quotes attributed to Strachan have become legendary among football supporters.
As Celtic ManagerGordon Strachan finally returned to management on 1 June 2005, when he succeeded Martin O'Neill as manager of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League (SPL).
He resigned on 25 May 2009, after 4 years in charge having won the league three times in a row, but failing a day earlier to make it 4 in a row.
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First season (2005-06)For 2005-06, his stated aim was to regain the SPL title off current holders (Rangers).
Things didn't exactly get off swimmingly, and an embarrassing start to his campaign as Celtic manager losing 5-0 to Slovakian champions Artmedia Bratislava on 27 July 2005 and 3 days later only managing to draw 4-4 away to Motherwell in his first SPL match in charge of the Glasgow club. A few days later he recorded his first win in charge as Celtic won 4-0 in the return leg of the Champions League qualifier. However, that was not enough to avoid being put out of Europe before the season had got started in earnest. For many Celtic fans, these set of matches set the tone (for both WGS and the supporters) on how the mentality on governing the side's tactics was to be for future matches. It was a huge psychological blow, and some fans never seemed to forgive him. It was too regularly brought up in seasons to come.
Nevertheless, Celtic improved under Strachan, leading the SPL by as much as 20 points at one point despite playing with a defence that came under regular criticism from the media and fans. Rangers were in turmoil as Alex McLeish lurched from one disaster to another. Two notable victories over Rangers in November (scoring 5 goals and conceding none) was a gem of a time, and saw the emergence of Shaun Maloney as a front runner for the team.
Not all went our way, and another low-point was the shock defeat in the third-round of the Scottish Cup to First Division Clyde on 8 January 2006. However, the following month his team made history when they beat Dunfermline Athletic 8-1, a record victory margin for the SPL. Over the period after beating Rangers twice in November, we went through a poor spell for two months where we went behind in too many games, but thankfully fought back in to recover. Worse was that we kept on conceding goals in all the games. It was not until we played against Rangers in mid-February that we had a game we didn't concede a goal in. We were winning games but the weaknesses of the side were beginning to be seen, and in many ways they were the weaknesses that were to begin to haunt us for over the next couple of seasons also.
An important point that has to be made is that this was a season of transition, and anyone taking over from Martin O'Neill as manager was going to have a hard task in front of them (a lot to live up to). Spats with Sutton and Agathe, saw both leave prematurely yet both could have contributed more. On the other hand, the players have to take in that the old regime is over and you have to understand and work with the new regime. With the less than stellar achievements of both after leaving Celtic, maybe WGS was right. Sutton in particular is a prickly character and not predictable, so maybe it was best to move him on.
Overall, Strachan's first season was ultimately successful as he coached Celtic to victory in the Scottish League Cup and, on 5 April 2006, his side clinched the SPL title in record time and with six matches remaining. A difficult year of transition, but he'd won most over to his side at this point.
Reflecting this achievement, Strachan was voted 'manager of the year' by the Scottish Football Writers' Association 8 days after the title was clinched.
This was just the beginning and much better was expected of both him and the team in the next season in terms of entertainment and results (goals conceded, scored etc).
Second season (2006-07)His second season was even more of a roller coaster compared to his first, with excuses out the window for many, and the arrival of Paul le Guen (PLG) seen by the press as leading “Le Revolution” at Rangers to challenge us. To the surprise of practically everyone, there was no actual domestic challenge. Rangers went comedic from failure to tragic farce, and Celtic simply took advantage being over 20 points ahead of them at one point in the season. In Old Firm games, the best PLG did was one draw. The "Hearts revolution" was also a joke with their challenge petering out before it had even began. Knocked out early in the league cup was no issue, and WGS easily made it up with winning the Scottish Cup to wrap up a cup and league double. Overall, WGS was having a respite domestically.
The Champions league was where its at, and here he excelled. A tough group saw us win all 3 home games, with a special victory against Man U which led us to qualify from the Group stages for the first time! On the other hand, we were poor away from home and lost all 3 games, with WGS stating that he knew the problem and would have it resolved. The next round v AC Milan was very special for us all, and WGS held to what he said and we didn’t concede in 180mins of football, but sadly didn’t score either. Ultimately, we were outdone by a classic goal by Kaka in extra time. A sad way to go out, but a great achievement by WGS and he deserves all the credit in the world.
Regardless of the European achievements, some criticism must also be put at WGS for his second season domestically. The quality of football in the last third of the season in particular was appalling, and the player effort by too many of the squad was deemed non-existent. Rangers’ new manager (Walter Smith) had the better of WGS with a very comfortable win in the last Old Firm game of the season, and we lost in some very drab games.
A number of the signings were very poor for that season, Gravesen, Miller and Jarosik in particular, whilst Jan Venegoor of Hasselink was injured too often. A spat with Maloney over new contracts saw us lose a great new wee player (transferred to Aston Villa) and the defence was as bad at the end of the season as at the start. The manager appeared to bamboozle and patronise fans on many occasions with his team selections, and what appeared to be a continuing spat with Derek Riordan saw the player play few games and being overshadowed by the far less productive Miller. A round of boos as Riordan was taken off in one match late in the season was evidence of this.
Many fans were simply disillusioned by WGS at the end despite the successes and we simply couldn't see where he was taking the team. The fear was that we were moving backwards despite what we had done in the last year. This should put an end to the rubbish that the fans didn’t like him as he wasn’t a “Celtic man” (lazy journalism), it was all because of the criticisms as said above. A real roller coaster of a season, and after all the achievements in the season it's sad to have to have to summarise it all in a negative tone.
Third season (2007-08)
This season for WGS can be termed a success on paper. To quote him, the team achieved what he set out at the start of the year to do. On paper, we won the league (three in a row) and we got through the Champs League group stages again (two in a row) which cemented us as being more than just a flash in the pan side as others in the past have been. We sold hapless Kenny Miller to Derby County for £3m (amazing!), we brought in a few quality players like Barry Robson, we beat the Huns twice at home in very entertaining games and so on. Adding in that we were seven pts (plus a game played more) behind the Huns going into the end of the season, WGS must be given his due, even by his harshest critic, for leading the team to somehow comeback and win the league! We won our last seven games (which included 2 wins v the Huns) and got our pride back. That can’t be smirked at by anyone, and the last win came just a week after Tommy Burns death (not an easy time).
At the end of the day though, his style of football was uninspiring and unentertaining, and he seemed to stick with some players way beyond what he should have (e.g. Caldwell, Donati, JVoH), possibly showing an inability to accept criticism and that he had been wrong. A public rift with Derek Riordan depicted an unsettled atmosphere in the changing room although other comments by players, like Mark Wilson, Pressley and Venegoor, said otherwise praising WGS for his man management skills. Bringing in Barry Robson into the Celtic team seemed to show admission that he needed steel in a lightweight side (and what a change he made to the team), whilst Hartley was a revelation this season and deserved all the praise in the world. Boruc as ever was great, but a kick up the back side was needed as it took him a year to manage a game where he didn’t lose a goal away from home.
Allegations were thrown at the Celtic support that we were spoilt (see this story) and that we didn’t like WGS as he wasn’t a Celtic man! Complete balderdash and it's simply sloppy journalism. The fans pay up good money to watch Celtic and many a time the performances were dreadful to watch with the manager unwilling to admit change was needed and seemed to anger many, esp when he criticised the fans for not understanding what he was trying to do. The zonal play was not working, the formations weren’t working and certain players needed a kick up the backside. We lost v Inv Caley when we were two ahead, we lost against Hibs, Motherwell and even struggled in games v Gretna. We lost the first two games v Rangers, with poor tactics amongst other points to blame for it. Transfers weren’t working out, esp the enigma that was Donati. Taking in we’d spent more money than the huns, it was embarrassing to go behind in the league and watching them going to the end for a very undeserved potential quadruple (which thankfully they didn't achieve).
Adding all this up, WGS has to take flak. However, as said his emotions after Tommy Burns showed his real self to us and we all felt for him. This season may probably have shown him to be more of a coach than a great manager, but unlike the other pundits on television at least he puts his money where his mouth is and takes up the challenge of football management. Moving on to next season he should have learnt from what has happened and become a more complete manager.
Must be said, any manager who wins three league titles in a row must be doing something right, so maybe the critics amongst the fans are wrong and he’s right. A late find in Barry Robson was a revelation, whilst bringing Lennon into the coaching staff seemed to freshen things up. WGS can be quite an enigma but moving into the next season more entertaining football really was a requirement.
Fourth Season (2008-2009)
So, was WGS to cement his name as a legend at Celtic by achieving the coveted "4-in-a-row" of league titles? But more important how was his relationship with the fans going to develop this year? It was a (near) clean sheet for many on WGS after the emotional end to last season.
Before the season even began, rumblings (as usual) had begun about WGS and his transfers. Few buys to excite the fans made many apprehensive about the hope for greater entertainment, but in general the mood was that despite everything we were going to win the league (confidence was high).
The season started off rather easily until the first Old Firm game where basically we were turned over (at home) 4-2 and lucky not to have lost by more. We were hopeless, and the daggers were out for the manager. The pent up frustration from sections of the crowd was released in one big explosion, and the tone was decidedly frosty for the rest of the season with respect to the manager's relationship with the fans. Not a good start.
Nevertheless followed on from there was a cracking set of games which saw us take advantage and overhaul Rangers to go top of the league. There was some great football in the first third of the season, and was the best to watch Celtic for a few seasons at least.
Anyhow, the big headaches of the season began with injuries besetting the manager in his aim to overhaul Rangers. Credit to WGS as his policy of squad numbers above single big signings did pay off which enable us to be able to squad rotate players to cover for gaps in the side and keep our nose in front. Amazingly we went 7pts ahead at the end of November, and December became the brightest time of the season and it was capped off with a Scott McDonald inspired 1-0 victory at the Deathstar against the Huns. Great! We thought we were set up for the rest of the campaign. How we were to be disappointed.
During all this was our Champions league escapade. A poor final set of results saw us finish bottom of our group and again fail to win any of our away games (see link for full write-up). After 4 years, WGS still hadn't managed an away win in Europe, something that can't be put down to bad luck alone, and something that was noticeable to all. We got the breaks last season in Europe, this time we didn't.
Back to the league, when did it all begin to go wrong? Basically from the turn of the new year, yet WGS seemed to do little.
What was going on? To our surprise, WGS summarised the situation well in a post-match interview: "You have to determine your own destiny. The eyes of the football world are upon us all. The question being asked is, 'Are you a team that plays just when everything is right for you?' That can't happen. The best way for us to recover is to get back on form as quickly as possible." (Mar 09)
However, he quickly turned back to old ways by stating in an interview a few weeks later: "If anyone can find a negative - and I'm sure they will - then they are warped!" after the Dundee Utd game in April where we drew 2-2. Clearly and sadly showed a dividing line between the management and the fans. An unnecessary dig and it was an unworkable relationship. The comment post-match was very insulting and patronising to the support (and uncalled for). Difficult to see how things were going to mend easily for many. Why exactly did WGS have to patronise and insult the support? Only he could answer this question, but best left to end of season.
Added to that, complaints about lack of entertaining football were being swatted away with abandonment: "In terms of entertainment, yes, we do have responsibilities at Celtic and Rangers, because we have greater resources than most clubs up here to entertain, But most of the songs that the supporters sing are all about winning trophies — they don't sing nice wee ditties about the beautiful game. No one remembers the beautiful football, but they do remember the defeats." This line seemed to show his distance from the Celtic ideal.
One nice break for us was the league cup final, beating the Huns 2-0 after extra-time, with both goals scored by our Irish internationals (O'Dea & McGeady).
From then on in, little went right for us again, and after dropping points, we were up against Rangers to see who was to win the league. The final league game v Rangers was a failure, losing one-nil and from then on the writing was on the wall.
We'd lost the league to a poor Rangers side. Our players did not perform, and the apathy around the club was heart-breaking. It was overall a poor season with under-performing players.
The football was generally poor to watch and it had been a continual complaint over the past few years. For many who were tired of the turgid football on display this was a bit much, and swathes of empty seats at Celtic matches became the norm rather than exception. With the global credit crunch beginning and hitting one and all, it was not a time to alienate the support. Yet WGS did, so why? Who knows? It doesn't require much to get on the side of the fans.
There are many reasons for the loss, but the manager has to take the flak and he was not one to ever take criticism lightly, being self-admittedly easily irritated. In fairness there were mitigating points, e.g. the loss of Barry Robson to injury has probably been more costly to us than we realised, as he was a strong driving force to the title run-in last season.
WGS handed in his resignation with little surprise the day after the league defeat and left rightly with his head held high for his achievements over the past seasons and uncharacteristically no smart remarks (thankfully). There was actually some sadness to see him go as there have been many good memories over his time. He had been the creator of his own downfall this season, and in his own reflection on this last season will have to admit, to himself at least, where he went wrong.
So after all that, how should we take and look back on WGS? His predecessor is still lauded to this day, and in reflection Martin O'Neill's achievements have been hanging over WGS for his whole tenure at the club. Regardless, he has had to deal with them, and if truth be said, then WGS can argue that on paper at least he has exceeded what Martin O’Neill achieved. Not that WGS would but the argument of who was the better manager (WGS or MoN) was a never ending argument which is all academic now. Martin O’Neill was blessed to have Henrik Larsson so comparisons for WGS aren’t easy or likely fair.
Forgetting his predecessor, WGS had a few tasks to fulfil. Firstly, was to regenerate the squad and lower the costs, win the league back and get us further in Europe. On that score, he more than achieved what was set out. Wage costs were reduced, we won the league back and in time we achieved getting past the group stages in the Champs League twice in a row. Brilliant stuff.
Winning the league three times in a row, plus outliving two Rangers managers is surely a sign of success, especially after the hoo-haa over Paul Le Guen's management signing. Add in some incredible achievements (e.g. in beating European Cup holders AC Milan and the Naka winner v Man U), and he can easily hold his head up high. We were spoilt with success at many points.
When we won the league for the third time with him as manager, there is no denying that he had silenced all the doomsayers that we were out of the league, and that last seven game winning run will be spoken about for many a year. It was a phenomenal achievement to pick the players up and get them motivated to win all those last matches to get us all the way to the title. No matter what else can be said of his managerial ability, that was exceptional. We came so close to reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup in one season and what a mark that would have been. This was all done without the sublime talents of Larsson, Petrov and Sutton.
Europe had been a sore bugbear for predecessor Martin O'Neill, and Gordon Strachan achieved what Martin couldn't with qualifying past the group stages (twice). It put us on the pedestal with the premier clubs in Europe, and it was a great place to be.
He was the architect for the high points, and when they came off they were exceptional and deserves all the credit in the world.
The most exciting game? Well there were many. WGS himself said that the Spartak Moscow win in 2007 was the most exciting and many would agree.
He also helped to foster the careers of some of the younger players, such as Maloney, McManus, McGeady & Wilson, and in reflection they will be thankful for the role that WGS has played in their careers. Some will succeed (at Celtic or elsewhere) whilst others inevitably won't but at least he gave them the opportunity. WGS likely was the best developer of youngsters we'd had for the past twenty years or so. Billy McNeil was the last to have done well with youngsters in the squad.
So why is the mood relatively more negative over WGS than an outsider would expect? Much of it has been reflected above in the season reviews. The fans can be said to have been very patient with him, but the truth is that the football in general was poor to watch and after four years of that, what are the fans to say? He failed with a number of big transfers, and many players seemed to have declined under him rather than improved. Many fans take the belief that he couldn’t coach well; confusing squad rotations and team selections have likely baffled players as much as fans, and the last season was woeful in many ways, throwing away huge leads. Tackling Rangers in his last two seasons shouldn’t have been as difficult as it was. We were far better, yet we tripped up in both seasons and only got out of jail the first time.
He has never helped himself with a number of his post-match remarks either, the “warped” comment in his last season in particular was particularly poor judgement. He readily admits that he is easily irritated, but he’s been in football for over twenty years and has worked in the media for some time, so he should have been able to know how to deal with it. Yet he couldn't!
We all agree that “ned-culture” has been on the rise, and WGS in particular has been very vocal on this issue, taking journalists to task on occasion as well. However, when you give a flippant remark to a question or thinly veil snide remarks to others, then how really different is he to them? Bit extreme but the point stands and he ended up making things worse for himself. We all are irked by neds but he made too much of a crusade of it at times.
Celtic is a social community club. We are a cross-section of society so admittedly we may have our small share of nefarious characters, but we do push and emphasise the roots of the club in terms of charity and community, and this in turn is reflected by the good nature and repuation of our support. Winning is not our only aim, it’s also about the ineffable “to play the Celtic Way”. WGS did not seem to comprehend this, and dismissed any criticism of his tactics stating that others didn’t understand what he was trying to do. That was simply nonsense. His "win at the cost of entertainment" style may find favour in the cut-throat English championship but not at Celtic. That in itself had been what has been the crux of the friction between the support and WGS, and that was what created his downfall. He did things by the manual but that is never sufficient, and he could be quite robotic with his decisions (such as always subbing on players in matches at a exact certain time) so leaving little room for flexibility or showing that he was able to be experimental in matches. From the outside, everything was rosy as we won trophies but it's about more than that with us. We weren't enjoying the play on the pitch, reflected by falling attendances.
WGS is actually a very decent man. The players all spoke very highly of him, and there was little if any dissent (McGeady apart) from any even from those who left prematurely. All fans who met him have generally commented well on him. Away from it all, a long interview in Dec 2008 with Radio Scotland brought out his good side and there was a general amount of respect for him from this.
However, that’s not the full qualification to be a successful football manager, and WGS' natural managerial ability was below that level which we all wish he was at. Maybe if he had spent some time with some great managers learning their skill, he could have been a far better manager. He was a player with Man U and Aberdeen with Alex Ferguson but his coaching began at Leeds (under the dour Howard Wilkinson) and then Coventry, and sadly it’s those latter clubs that his coaching philosophy stems from.
An important point must be noted that WGS is the first Celtic manager to have to grapple with the new media. Yes, we know that Martin O’Neill was manager when the internet got going, but it was in its infancy throughout most of MoN's reign, and the scale and importance in which the internet had taken in WGS' time had meant that he had another task to take on. It’s not easy anymore. Replays and events are dissected more thoroughly and for longer than ever before. There are cameras to capture everything, statisticians to tally up the most mundane of figures and heated wipe-spread discussion begin on the matches before it's even over (on the forums) and not hours later in the pub as it all used to. Sky Sports is everywhere, and unconscious comparison with richer foreign leagues is rising, which doesn’t help with our limited resources. Sadly, that is the future, and WGS has been the first to deal with it and few seemed to sit back and notice. Maybe if they did then he’d have been cut more slack.
His biggest mistake? Should have left at the end of 2007-08 season as many fans wanted. He stayed 12 mths longer than he should have, and that set in the rot which accelerated over time. At the end of it all, most fans wanted him gone, and it’s sad to see him have to leave us in that kind of environment. Much of it had been of his own creation, and his successor had the task to rebuild the squad in much the same way that WGS himself had to when he himself began.
For those who still believe that the Celtic support were irrational, they should take the following comment from Middlesborough legend & ex-player Bernie Slaven on Gordon Strachan's brief reign at Middlesborough after leaving Celtic, as there are parallels from his comment to the Celtic supporters' criticisms of Strachan's time at Celtic:
"After a year in charge, we [Middlesborough] had not improved one iota - the football was average, away results were abysmal, the worst league position in 20 years and he still doesn't know his best team. It wasn't just on the field that Strachan let himself down, off the field during post-match interviews he became an embarrassment to himself, the club and the fans. He was arrogant, obnoxious, sarcastic, cutting and rude. He came across to me like a man who was on the borderline of insanity."
We hope WGS all the very best in the future, in whatever direction he takes. We know from his honest comments that he grew to love the club, just at times his daft side too often got in the way. He is a good man, and for the great memories we will forever be thankful for them and there were a number of them along the way. In time, we’ll at least miss his sense of humour from his interviews [see Quotes by and on Gordon Strachan].
He signed off with Celtic with a wonderful speech which contained the following great quote (from the Tommy Burn's tribute match, full wording below):
| "I wasn't going to pretend I came here as a Celtic supporter. I don't believe in kissing badges to get your support. I didn't know the words of 'Fields of Athenry'.... From today, I’ve become a Celtic supporter."|
Gordon Strachan (May 2009)
Post-Celtic & managementSince leaving Celtic, he had a relatively unsuccessful time as manager at Middlesborough. He took over a set of former Celtic (& Rangers!) players to his new club making it dubbed by some as some kind of Old Firm old boys team. It didn't work out at all, and his time as a manager was over.
He returned to football analysis on TV & Radio, and to the joy of every Celtic fan, he has been incredible towards Celtic. Never hides his sympathy, and talks up the club at every opportunity. Really puts to shame some other former players who have taken pot-shots. Without the pressure of management, Strachan has shown his knowledge of the game on TV and applied it in an easy accessible manner for the viewer and is very popular. A very different character to the fish-bowl like environment that a Celtic manager has to endure in Glasgow.
The support was very much warming to him, and possibly it's an indication that he may have regretted not having shown this more amiable side during his time at Celtic. Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone, and maybe only once he was at a distance that he was able to admire what Celtic offers and had given him. The affection that Strachan now has with the support was increasingly mutual as was shown on his trips back to Celtic Park.
Must add that he has acted as a mentor in part for Lennon. One point there were stories of bringing Strachan back as a paid mentor for Lennon but this didn't materialise. However, he has still acted as such and Lennon paid his respect to Strachan once after advise given by him which helped Celtic win a vital game against Rangers (and helped keep Lennon in his job).
Curiously, Strachan has claimed that there was no bias against Celtic in his time as manager of our club, but then again the Huns were so bad during much of the spell, bias wouldn't have made a difference (as it done during Lennon's reign).
Additionally, his name was continually brought up as a possible future Scotland manager, and with the lack of candidates putting themselves forward for the role, Strachan in Jan 2013 was announced the new manager. Interestingly, one of the first questions he was posed was at initial press conferences was that: "Is this the biggest job in your career so far?", to which Strachan retorted: "I was manager of Celtic, there's no bigger job than that!". Bless him, we loved him more now than ever.
Honours as Celtic ManagerScottish Premier League winner:
- 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008-09
- Autobiography Extracts (2006)
- WGS attacked by Celtic fan (1980), "Caught in time"
- WGS - Celtic Minded? by BobbyPeru
- Resignation & Departure (articles May 2009)
- Miscellaneous articles on Gordon Strachan
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|billgreene||wgs is a legend||0||Apr 28 2007, 1:58 PM EDT by billgreene|
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c'mon tic fans get behind the wee man can you not see the fods are trying to noise him up and we are no backing him up, the wee man's already proved he can do the business, let's belt out
there's only one gordon strachan at the next game and every one after it, he's unique he's straight to me he's bloody great
wgs 85% think your great 10% and fair play them want to see an out and out celt in charge, and 5% would rather it was the pope, nae hope of the wee man keeping everybody happy but i just wish they would tell us more about plg and if he wis rangers minded anyway for me it's easy i'm gaun wae the wee man cause i'm wan a the 85% who think he's magic
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