In the lead-up to Sunday's game against Celtic, Dundee sacked manager Barry Smith and, despite having numerous high-profile candidates, they appointed former Dundee and Rangers player John Brown as their new gaffer, a man whose only managerial experience came with lower-league side Clyde, when he lasted less than a year in the job before being sacked. It was a decision that irked, angered and shocked Dundee fans.
If their week wasn't bad enough, the Dens Park side had to travel to Glasgow to face SPL leaders Celtic, and the misery that descended on Dundee after the board's appointment of Brown was added to as Celtic ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, thanks to goals from James Forrest, Dylan McGeouch, Gary Hooper and two from Joe Ledley.
Over the weekend all the talk was of Ledley, and the Welshman wanting to stay in Glasgow with Celtic. Given his current form, Celtic should be banging down his door before the end of the season to tie him up to a new deal.
I wonder if Joe Ledley still laughs at his former manager Dave Jones’ interview upon hearing the news of the Welshman’s departure to Celtic. SPL title winner 2011-12, Scottish Cup winner 2011, part of the team that shocked the world by beating Barcelona 2-1 and reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.
Just imagine if Ledley had listened to all those critics and detractors and snubbed Celtic - he could have been playing in the English Premier League with Stoke City!
It was also good to see recent signing Tom Rogic get some game time and the Aussie didn’t look out of place at all. With more game time under his belt, he could prove to be a great signing for Celtic.
Celtic are marching towards the SPL title, as many expected, with ease. Whether or not the critics or certain rival fans claim it is a tainted title, it is still a title championship at the end of the day and with that the chance of securing Champions League football once again. So who cares if Rangers aren’t in Scotland’s top flight? Would they really have challenged for the title given the players at their disposal this season anyway? Perhaps not, given their results against SPL sides Dundee United and Inverness Caley Thistle. Not to mention lower league opposition.
Would the title be any less tainted with Rangers in the league? There will always be those who would use it as an excuse. But did anyone use the excuse of a weakened Celtic side during Rangers’ nine-in-a-row dominance?
Once the title is secured - sooner rather than later - manager Neil Lennon should give his youngsters more game time and experience that will be invaluable to them for years to come.
...speaking of one youngster, Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne has rejected a new contract from Celtic. His current deal is up at the end of this season and he really hasn’t been a first-team regular under Lennon. Whether the new contract on the table as an improved deal or not, does he really warrant one? Do Celtic really need him at the club?