It is never a good look when a football manager admits that he has run out of ideas.
After all, that is a core function of management-to come up with solutions to problems.
Now, there cannot be any lingering doubt that the current Sevco squad suffers from a discipline problem.
Two players, in particular, are serial offenders; Morelos and McGregor.
The latter was sent off yesterday against Hibernian.
Now the Sevco goalkeeper has been doing similar all season and usually escaping any sanction for this Corinthian sportsmanship.
Yesterday, I was reminded about his off the ball kick out at Kristoffer Ajer on September 2nd last year.
For some inexplicable reason he escaped punishment on the day and, even more baffling, there was no retrospective action.
If you will pardon the pun, ill-discipline is something that any football manager needs to stamp out as soon as it appears.
However, it is the sort of thing that a rookie manager might struggle to get to grips with.
The ex-Liverpool U18 coach has stated that the lack of discipline had contributed to yet another season without silverware.
Oh, another thing that debutant managers tend to do is to make stupid predictions or issue grandiose manifestoes.
Of course, the Ibrox klanbase demand silverware.
Moreover, they’re not too fussed how it is achieved.
They seem to be incapable of shame about the EBT tax scam and “imperfectly registered” players.
No matter how tainted the title is they just want it.
Therefore, the pressure on any Sevco manager to deliver is now extreme.
The thing is that particular problem former Gerrard’s is unlikely to go away next season.
Last summer the Sevco High Command really did push the boat out for him.
Quite frankly, they spent money they didn’t have.
In the euphoria of the victory at Ibrox on December 29th, they increased an already crippling wage will by adding Davis and Defoe to the payroll.
The hope was that these two would tip the balance in the second half of the league campaign.
Mr Davis, was rather bombastic when he played for the original Rangers.
However, he decided To Do Walking Away the following year.
Lest we forget…
Now the Norn Iron midfielder who might fancy himself in the twilight of his career as a Poundland Pirlo will find himself up against an engine room that drives Celtic on to victory.
The bottom line is that champions always get the job done.
Sevco have been over-reliant on one player to score their goals from open play.
Obviously, they can always call on their captain to regularly step up to the penalty spot.
However, it is undeniable that Señor Alfredo José Morelos Aviléz is a bit of a head the ball, and I don’t mean his aerial prowess.
Consequently, he is often unavailable due to those pesky red card thingies…
Celtic, on the other hand, have players who will step up at unexpected times and bury one when it really matters.
The new manager at Parkhead, whoever that might be, will have substantial funds to spend on rebuilding the squad.
Moreover, that budget will not be generated by borrowing.
It doesn’t need to be as the champions have tens of millions in the bank.
Therefore, the current Sevco incumbent is really up against it.
All that the new guy at Celtic has to do is to perform with adequate competence to have a massive advantage over Mr Let’s Go.
However, he probably doesn’t quite realise that yet.
My information, from an impeccable source, is that the resident MBE at Ibrox still thinks that he will be bankrolled massively in the summer.
Apparently, he has a verbal assurance from Mr David Cunningham King.
I’m coming to the inescapable conclusion that thinking is not Stevie’s main strength.
Just a thought…
The good news is that I am aware of two English clubs, one in the bottom third of the EPL and the other in the upper end of the Championship, who think that Mr Gerrard has made a decent fist of his first season in senior management.
Therefore, just like Allan McGregor in 2012, there is an escape route from the basket of assets.
Now there’s an idea Stevie!
You’re welcome, mate.