Celtic have had a topsy-turvy season under the management of Ange Postecoglou as the Australian boss gets used to his surroundings at Parkhead.
There have been negatives but there have also been plenty of positives, particularly in the way a number of his new acquisitions have taken to life in Glasgow.
The likes of Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota have both hit the ground running, registering impressive numbers in offensive areas already.
The January transfer window is now just a month away but they will head into the winter period safer of losing their prized assets.
Postecoglou had to deal with a mass exodus in the summer as Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie all left.
There was also disruption at board level where Dominic McKay took his leave just months after succeeding the retired Peter Lawwell.
However, further setbacks look unlikely thanks to a promising update from Alan Nixon.
The reporter said on Monday that hailed coach Gavin Strachan was set to stay with the club after an approach from south of the border.
He Tweeted: “Hartlepool. Gavin Strachan has turned down the move to become manager … staying with Celtic.”
This is news that will come as music to the ears of not only the club’s manager, Postecoglou, but also the club’s supporters.
After all, the last thing the Hoops need at this point in the season is significant disruption behind the scenes.
On a larger scale, Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond departed the club last winter after fan protest and that whole saga, combined with diabolical on-field displays, led to the club’s pursuit of ten Premiership titles in a row collapsing rather quickly.
Celtic are embroiled in a title race again this year and have a more realistic chance of clawing back the crown that they held in their possession for nine years.
Losing Strachan would not be disastrous but watching him leave Parkhead behind would certainly not be ideal as they attempt to win honours again.
That’s why a number of fans were delighted with the news in a section of Tweets relayed by This is Futbol.
It’s clear to see why the fanbase holds him in such high regard too. He entered the club last summer and his efforts at Lennoxtown have been commendable despite Celtic’s plight.
A review from former Scotland international, George Boyd, tells you why he’s such an important figure at Paradise.
He once told The Athletic: “he’s just a really great human being, a really lovely man, very easy to get on with and down to earth. Very humble and thoughtful.”
Posh director, Barry Fry, added: “His man-management is his biggest strength. He always makes sure to pick out players individually and tells them things they should be working on, and because they had faith in him and trusted him, they would then go out and do it with him. His main asset is how well he handles and understands players.”
If Celtic are going to reclaim the SPFL then having someone in their ranks who is so trusted amongst the playing staff can only be a good thing.
On that evidence, and the words of Fry and Boyd, it’s evident why Strachan’s continued place on the bench at Parkhead is a huge boost for everyone at the club.