Neil Lennon's exasperated expletive at Shane Duffy during Celtic vs St Mirren
It’s becoming clear that Neil Lennon has completely lost patience with his Celtic players.
Even those he appears to have a close personal relationship have been on the receiving end of his ire.
With no large crowds attending matches, there has been the ability to hear what players and coaches are saying to each other during the action.
In Stephen McGowan’s Scottish Daily Mail match report of the defeat to St Mirren at the weekend, the journalist describes an illuminating moment inside an eerily silent Celtic Park.
He writes (01/02 print edition, page 82): “With an hour played, the cavernous silence of Parkhead was shattered by Celtic’s manager bawling in exasperation at his £1.5million loan signing after he shanked a defensive header off the pitch under no pressure.
“‘Shane,’ yelled Lennon, ‘show some f ****** composure.’ If the Ireland captain had the faintest idea how to do that, Celtic wouldn’t be in the mess they are now.”
Not exactly the most inspiring of touchline shouts, to say the least.
If nothing else, this kind of base frustration sums up the situation at Celtic right now. Players aren’t making Lennon very happy and, I’m sure, the feeling is mutual.
That disconnect strikes at the heart of our unravelling season. It goes all the way back to Ferencvaros and the manager’s post-match rant against players who want to leave the club.
Ultimately though, it’s Lennon who signed Shane Duffy. It’s Lennon who continues to give him opportunity after opportunity despite strong evidence to do the opposite.
The manager has to take responsibility for the situation.
I’m sure in the heat of match action, many things get shouted back and forth in football – it’s not shocking. However, this particular moment is a good representation of where Celtic are at.
Where is the club’s composure, I ask? Where is their intelligent decision making?
It’s not just Duffy who looks lost at Celtic Park.