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EX-CELT POINTS WAY AHEAD FOR FALLEN CHAMPS

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ANDY WALKER is urging Celtic to carry out their rebuild quickly after a catastrophic campaign that saw their quest for a historic tenth successive title come off the rails in inexplicable fashion.

The championship silverware has moved across the city to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers with the Ibrox outfit celebrating their first flag success in a decade.

The rivals are scheduled to go head-to-head for a third time this season a week tomorrow at Parkhead, the venue where Neil Lennon’s team were hit by a hammer blow in October when the visitors won 2-0 with goals from Connor Goldson in a particularly feeble performance from the title kings.

The end of an era came to an official halt with a dreary scoreless stalemate with Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday after Gers had beaten St Mirren 3-0 24 hours earlier.

Former Hoops striker Walker said: “The first thing to do is engage with the fans. As I have said numerous times over the last few months, tell the supporters what the plans are and let them buy into it.

“If the new-look Celtic structure is a director of football working alongside a head coach, it can work, but if that’s clearly what the plan is, let the fans know. Tell them the benefits of how such a relationship can operate and flourish and put it in place as soon as possible.

NO WAY THROUGH…Leigh Griffiths sweeps past Allan McGregor with Filip Helander looking on, but the chance was squandered.

“Even as recently as last month, I listened to Celtic’s captain Scott Brown explain the outgoing chief executive was leaving it up to him to decide whether he wanted to continue playing or join the coaching staff. That is no way to lead.

“A new chief executive will soon be in place and if it’s to be a new head coach and director of football, it’s their decision on who’s part of any future squad or coaching set up.

“They know players such as Odsonne Edouard and a few others will be gone in the summer transfer window. This is how football works for every club. Simply get as much as you can for them and trust your new set-up to invest wisely again.”

GLASGOW DERBY GRIEF…Neil Lennon looks on in dismay during the 2-0 loss in October.

Walker, speaking to Sky Sports News, added: “I admire the clear path Manchester United have set out to their fans with the appointment of John Murtough as the club’s new football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director.

“The roles are debatable and up for discussion as to how they will work, but for fans the bottom line is simplicity. Bring in good players and let the head coach do his job, make them effective in the team and improve those who are already there.

“It’s the end of a remarkably successful era for Celtic.

“But they can bounce back if the recruitment on and off the park is done properly.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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