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  1. I’ve seen teams spend £150 million and get nowhere near the Champions League. It has taken Manchester City a billion to get there. There are no guarantees.
  2. I did think there were one or two referees who had a personal thing against me. It wasn’t them versus Celtic — it was them against me! I just think they wanted to take me on.
  3. I’ve been in football a long time and people have problems through debt, drugs, drink and family.
  4. People talk about footballers and they get a bad press when not all of them deserve it.
  5. I get the feeling a lot of politicians are there to help themselves financially, first and foremost. I don’t really need to do that, and I thought if I could do something for sport in Scotland, that would be really fulfilling.
  6. Fitness is a curve. You can be Lance Armstrong, or you can be really out of shape at the opposite end. People enter the curve wherever they are and then they can move up the curve, by better nutrition and better exercise.
  7. Do I miss football in Scotland? It keeps you really alive, that’s for sure. Your heartbeat fluctuates. I’m flatlining at the moment which is actually quite nice but you need to go up and down to stay alive.
  8. It took me 35 years of being involved at a decent level of football to become manager at a great club like Celtic.
  9. Believe me, you need good people if you want to make good players.
  10. I’m a better coach now than when I joined Celtic. The longer you stay in any job, the better you become. If you lose your drive, your enthusiasm, your imagination, that experience is no good.
  11. I want players who are always striving to improve.
  12. I like to be able to control which players I’m working with. Because it doesn’t matter how good a coach you are if the guys you’re working with think they already know it all. You need a response, you need to feel they’re trying. I want players who are always striving to improve.
  13. You need responsibility in life.
  14. Sometimes to go forward you’ve got to go to the depths of your own personal despair and claw yourself back. From that point, no matter what happens, you know you can do it.
  15. I think what I’ve actually achieved as a manager does sometimes get a bit overlooked, because all people think about is the media side of things. They tend to forget I’ve not done so bad.
  16. I get the feeling a lot of politicians are there to help themselves financially, first and foremost.
  17. I’ve got more important things to think about. I’ve got a yogurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today.
  18. I’ve had to take a lot of stick down the years but the one thing that really got to me was when someone questioned my integrity. It’s the one thing that really grates with you.
  19. The reason I became a manager was to have full control over training. If you are a coach, you are bound by what the manager wants you to coach. The other reason is that I just like the company of football people.
  20. All the really good players I know, they all knew right from wrong. So many of them don’t learn that at home nowadays.

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