New Celtic defender Shane Duffy quickly made his mark at the club with a debut goal yesterday but the match could have turned out differently had it not been for Neil Lennon.
Although the travelling Bhoys were 2-0 up on Ross County at half-time on Saturday, the first-half performance wasn’t exactly flawless.
The home team had a number of chances and there were a few panicky, sloppy errors from the Celtic eleven.
Duffy himself wasn’t exactly overjoyed with what he witnessed but credits his new manager for turning things around in the dressing room.
Asked about Lennon’s angry reaction at the interval, as quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Ireland captain said: “We needed it. I wasn’t too happy myself with the first half.
“We were too open and sloppy, and giving the ball away in dangerous areas.
“The gaffer got into us at half-time, fixed a few things and it was quite comfortable in the end.
“The second half was much better, it could have been seven or eight.”
A lot has been said about Lennon’s relationship with the dressing room after our exit from the Champions League.
His post-match interview that night pointed to a bit of a rift between the coaching staff and first-team stars.
However, the fact that the Bhoys boss is able to get a reaction out of his side speaks volumes and suggests morale is high amongst that group of players right now, despite the European setback.
With a change of formation and new players coming into crucial positions in the team, it’s going to take time for them to properly gel and rustiness is to be expected.
That Lennon is there to iron issues out, even mid-match, is a great sign.