Pressure in football management is par-for-the-course, but nowhere is more unforgiving than when you take one of the big jobs in Glasgow.

Tony Mowbray, who is barely a dozen competitive games into his new job, is already swatting away questions from reporters about his performance in the Parkhead hotseat.

“Hopefully, the vast majority of Celtic supporters understand the journey that we’re on,” Mowbray said. “This team will change as time moves on. It’s my responsibility to do that. With every window of opportunity you try to improve your team. As time goes on you do the best you can. A new manager surely he has a right to build a new team.

“You can only move people in the transfer windows, so when those windows open you try to improve on the quality you have. Nobody is saying here that [a specific player] will leave, but in time competition [for places] will be created, and people will fall by the wayside. That happens at every club. As the next window comes and signings arrive, you’ll see competition.”

The man talks a lot of sense. After only ONE transfer window, I can’t believe there are already murmours of discontent from the terraces to go alongside the questions raised in the press. Yes, the squad at this moment is very poor, with a real lack of quality but as I’ve said til I’m blue in the face, this is not Mogga’s squad. He made a couple of signings in the transfer window, one of whom got injured very quickly, but Mowbray didn’t really have the time to fully judge his squad when he came in. As a result, blaming him for the lack of quality is grossly unfair.

In my opinion, our best player is only just breaking back into the squad after a long injury (Robson) and with him back in the side our fortunes will improve. On top of this, Mowbray has already issued a warning to his squad claiming he’d be willing to bring in TEN players in during the transfer window.

By this evidence, Mowbray can see how poor we are as a squad. And yet we have clowns within the support calling him “a muppet”, “inept” and other, less printable insults. It has to stop. We as a fan base need to get behind our manager, who has the club in his heart and the drivel we see on the pitch hurts him as much as it hurts us.

Statistics tell us that clubs who back their managers achieve more success than those who constantly chop and change them. We know that Mowbray likes to play football, the type of football we want to see at Paradise again. For Mowbray to bring us that brand of attacking football again we need to show him some support from the terraces.

I’d like to hope that support will begin tonight in the Europa League game against Hamburg.

We often hear about the lack of funds in the Scottish game, and how this has left the SPL in the financial wilderness. Just this summer, the TV revenue invested in Scotland has roughly halved when Setanta went the way of the Titanic, and the difference in class was there for all to see when Arsenal spanked us all over the park in the qualifier. But is money the be-all-and-end-all?

Arsene Wenger was lucky to be able to rest two of his stars last Wednesday, in Andrei Arshavin and Robin Van Persie. Yet even without this pair, and the likes of Nasri, Rosicky and Fabregas, it was a stroll for the Gunners.

After a little glance at the BBC 606 site, I see that most Arsenal fans think their side wasn’t particularly expensive, coming in at a combined total of about £33m. Celtic, on the other hand fielded pretty much their strongest side, with the exception of million pound midfielder Barry Robson. Celtic’s full-strength side had a value of about £17m, or the price of Arshavin. You see where I’m going here don’t you? Just so you can see my figures, I’ve included the teams below, and the values I believe were paid. (If I’ve got anybody a million or so off, I apologise, but keep looking at the bigger picture)

Almunia- 1.5m
Sagna- £6m
Gallas- free
Vermaelen – £10m
Clichy- 250k
Song- 2m
Diaby- 3m
Denilson- 2m
Eboue- 200k
Eduardo- 8m
Bendtner- free


Boruc- 1m
Hinkel- 1.5
Caldwell- free
Loovens- 2.5
Fox- 1mil
McGeady-home grown
Maloney-home grown

Overall- 16.95m

So that’s it eh? Celtic fans should just accept that European progress is now impossible and forget completely about the Champions League? Sorry, I don’t buy it.

Surely the answer here is our scouting network. If clubs like PSV can make the Semi finals, as they did in 2005, then why can’t we? PSV spend pretty much nothing on transfers, but sell players players on to the bigger leagues and then reinvest the profits. If we use PSV as an example, here’s a list of their players over the last few years, most of whom were signed for nothing or almost nothing….

Ronaldo (the original one, the one with a minge on his head, not the ‘winker’), Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Jaap Stam, Arjen Robben, Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Mateja Kezman.

Compare that with some recent Celtic players and you’ll see my point. Surely a club of Celtic’s stature should have a scouting network that can uncover some similar gems? And if not, somebody needs to be sacked.

PSV aren’t alone. While Arsenal were struggling to make ‘marquee signings’, they were able to sign the likes of Adebayor for £3m, and sell him for £25m!

Now I accept my philosophy would make us a selling club, but it’s only by adopting this attitude that we’ll be able to generate the kind of money and with that, any chance of any real European success. Controversial, yes, but sadly, I think it’s essential.