Neil Lennon reveals what he said inside Celtic dressing room at half-time to help secure Sunday win

By John McGinley

December 13, 2020

Neil Lennon has shared what he said inside the Celtic dressing room at half-time today.

The Bhoys went into the interval deadlocked at 0-0 after a lacklustre first 45 minutes.

Right away, after the break, the team were creating chances and looking far more alive in the opposition third, eventually finding their way to two goals against Kilmarnock.

The second half was excellent from our perspective and sparks more hope that the team are beginning to turn a corner after a dire run of results and performances.

Asked by Chick Young what happened at half-time, Lennon told BBC Radio Scotland: “I just said to them, ‘Look, you know, a little bit more oomph’, I don’t want to get after them because when you’re going through a run like this it’s all about confidence.

“I was pleased in the main with how we performed but we knew there was more to come and we certainly got that. To keep a clean sheet as well was very pleasing. It’s small steps in the right direction.”

Hardly the most detailed instructions there from the manager, but whatever he said, worked!

Today was a must-win encounter and the focus shown in the second half was far more like the Celtic we’ve become accustomed to in recent seasons.

As Lennon alludes to, there’s still a very long way to go.

Neil Lennon watches Celtic beat Kilmarnock / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There’s a huge Scottish Cup Final next week for starters and further tests against Ross County, Hamilton and Dundee United before we can even think about playing Rangers at Ibrox.

Get through all of that unscathed and our season will be salvageable.