It might seem hard to contemplate now that Celtic are all-conquering with back-to-back trebles, but a few seasons ago the club seemed to be riddled with complacency.
The news, as revealed on the Hoops’ official website, that Nadir Ciftci is to leave the Hoops at the end of the month, brought back memories of those dark days.
Ciftci was signed from Dundee United by then manager Ronny Deila, who probably should not have even been appointed as manager in the first place, as he had only won trophies in Norway before moving to Glasgow.
Sadly for Ciftci he turned out to be a disappointing signing, and has spent much of his three seasons at the club on loan elsewhere.
In those days, the Hoops seemed content to stay only one step ahead of the rest, a strategy which looked doomed to failure after the Bhoys lost to Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final, which lead to Deila’s departure as Hoops manager.
The loss in the Scottish Cup seemed to be a line in the sand for the Hoops, as Brendan Rodgers was appointed as manager a month later and the Bhoys haven’t looked back since.
Football can change in an instant though, and Rodgers will be aware of that more than anybody, which is why he is unlikely to let the Hoops slip back to those days of complacency once again.
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