Summer Rumour #3

The SPL is over and grudging congratulations go to Walter Smith and his merry men in light-blue after winning the title at Tannadice yesterday. I expected Dundee United to put up more of a fight but as Celtic couldn’t even get one past Hearts the outcome was never really in doubt.

Anyhoo…

Watching Match Of The Day last night, and specifically the bit where Niall Quinn indicated that Ricky Sbragia was not going to continue as Sunderland manager, I felt a sudden sense of unease. It occurred to me that Gordon Strachan would probably be a leading contender for that newly vacant post.

Sure enough today’s BBC Scottish Football gossip page reports that Strachan is about to step down as Celtic boss. The same article suggests that Motherwell’s Mark McGhee is favourite to succeed Strachan. Of course McGhee is also favourite to succeed Jimmy Calderwood who stood down as Aberdeen boss yesterday. McGhee played for both Celtic and Aberdeen during the 80s so I guess a return to either club is possible.

McGhee has done well at Motherwell but, if Strachan does go, I think that a bigger gun is called for at Celtic. We need someone who can rally the troops and ensure we bounce back to the top of the SPL and have a good run in Europe next season.

Keep watching this space.

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