Tony Mowbray lasted just nine months at Celtic after his move to Scotland from West Bromich Albion last summer. Last May, this space asked the question of whether it might not be wiser to remain with the Baggies and ride out this year in the Championship rather than taking on the massive challenge that is Celtic. Little could Mowbray (or anyone else) have know how disastrous that decision would be. Last night’s 4-0 loss at St. Mirren is the feather in the cap of a truly dreadful season in which the Hoops failed to reach the group stage of the Champions League and then crashed out the Europa League in the group stage. A stunning loss to Hearts sent the Bhoys out of the Scottish League Cup in the quarterfinal round and perhaps most damningly, Celtic are currently ten points behind Rangers in the SPL with their cross-town rivals holding two games in hand.
Neil Lennon will take control of the first team through the rest of the season, or until the club find a replacement, whichever comes first. Mark Hughes has already been linked with the club but he is likely to be too costly and might end up managing Côte d’Ivoire in the World Cup anyway.