Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond, please end this Celtic chaos - it's sentiment vs success now

By John McGinley

December 6, 2020

This has to be a breaking point, Celtic.

Another match has come and gone without a victory for Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.

It’s now two wins in twelve – a truly ridiculous run of form that should have been acted upon long ago.

Anger will be directed Lennon’s way but in truth, it’s redundant at this stage.

The men who hold the power to end this Celtic chaos are above him in ‘the hierarchy’.

Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and the club’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond have been bystanders for too long and they must now take the manager out of the firing line.

This is an issue of sentiment vs success.

Sentimentality has a place in football. I’m an emotional guy with emotional thoughts about Celtic.

It’ll be hard to say goodbye to Neil Lennon. It’s exactly 20 years to the day since he first signed for the club.

It’s also true that after dropping further behind Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership, success is far from guaranteed this season even if a new manager comes in.

Celtic’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Craig Foy / (SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, the club’s custodians have a duty to give the team as strong a chance as possible. With Neil Lennon and the coaching staff in place, I don’t think they have that, as sad as that is.

The matches against Ross County and St Johnstone were supposed to be the start of an easier run of games, and look what has happened.

If Celtic have ambitions of winning anything this season then changes have to be made.

We need long-term vision and long-term answers – that’s all to come, there are deep issues at the club beyond the manager – but most importantly right now we need urgent, urgent action.