Strachan's record of success did not win over all of the Celtic support
By Colin Moffat
Gordon Strachan won three league titles in four years at Celtic Park and twice steered the Glasgow giants into the last 16 of the Champions League. Yet there is a significant section of the club's support that will not be sorry to see the manager leave.
"You don't know what you've got until it's gone sometimes and the criticism has always bemused me," said BBC Scotland football correspondent Chick Young on hearing of Strachan's departure.
"Quite a large minority of the support never quite got to grips with Gordon Strachan."
Not since the great Jock Stein has a Celtic manager delivered three consecutive championship successes.
Indeed, Strachan is just the third manager of the club to deliver a hat-trick of titles.
And, despite a limited budget, the 52-year-old at least matched the domestic record and eclipsed the European achievements of his predecessor, Martin O'Neill, who enjoyed near-Messianic status among the Celtic faithful.
So why did the supporters fail to warm to the former Coventry and Southampton boss, who was such a fantastic player for Scotland, Aberdeen and Manchester United?
It has been suggested that it stems from his days with the Dons, when he played a key role as Alex Ferguson's team would regularly visit Glasgow and humble both sides of the Old Firm.
On two occasions, once at Celtic Park and once at Pittodrie, Strachan was attacked on the pitch by idiotic Celtic followers.
Then there is the theory that his prickly relationship with the media played a part in his lack of popularity.
"One of his problems was with his media interviews," former Celtic midfielder and assistant manager Murdo MacLeod told BBC Scotland.
"Fans love to hear about what's going on behind the scenes and Gordon was quite often abrupt with reporters.
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