Neil Lennon apologised to Celtic supporters in Dingwall last night after yet another damaging defeat this season.
Celtic lost 1-0 against relegation-threatened Ross County, again conceding from a set-piece.
The Bhoys had the chances to put the game away but fluffed their lines repeatedly, leaving fans angry and upset for the umpteenth time this season.
Lennon at least had the good grace to apologise to fans after the game – something we’ve not been able to take for granted this term.
Speaking to the BBC Scottish Football podcast, the manager said: “It’s hugely damaging. We’re 18 points behind, there’s not many games left. How we pick ourselves up is going to be difficult but we have to do it somehow.
“I apologise [to the supporters]. It wasn’t for the want of trying. The attitude of the players was good. We’ve let them down tonight, there’s no question of that.”
Too little, too late from Neil Lennon to Celtic fans
The manager has repeatedly failed to take accountability for his and Celtic’s failings this season, so to apologise now seems to be a bit of damage control after the horse has bolted.
For many supporters, the season has been over for a long time. The mortal blows in the title race have already been dished out.
Perhaps now, at least, Lennon will look ahead to next season rather than cling on to mathematical possibility this term. Playing youngsters and giving players who will be here beyond the summer a proper chance would be a good way to do that.
Lennon is unlikely to be here for 2021/22, but he can at least get the ball rolling on future planning if the club are going to insist he stays until the end of May.