When history looks back on this season it will show the 10 being surrendered in embarrassing fashion by Celtic under Neil Lennon.
It’s been an absolute nightmare of a campaign that’s produced disgraceful result after disgraceful result. The latest came last night when Ross County managed a 1-0 win over the Hoops in Dingwall.
It was yet another result that saw the supporters vent their disappointment and sadness over how far the club has fallen. Another result that brought yet a little more shame on this football club. A result that, if we’re being honest, piled a lot more pressure onto the Parkhead boss.
This year, we’ve had to deal with a lot of garbage as fans of this football club. We’ve had to deal with a lack of communication from our football club all the while being labelled entitled by certain pundits. Whether it be Chris Sutton talking about Parkhead protesters or Tam Cowan having a pop – we’ve taken a fair bit of criticism ourselves.
Celtic fans not going over the top
Much of it appears to be from those who believe we’re over-reacting. That we simply haven’t been able to take the loss of the 10 normally. That we’re simply being spoiled and need to take lows as well as the highs.
It’s laughable nonsense. For the truth is that the Celtic supporters have such anger towards Neil Lennon for a lot more than simply losing the 10.
Firstly, you have the lack of humility from the man himself. He’s refused on multiple occasions to resign this season when the season was retrievable. Now, that opportunity is gone and he continues to sit in the managerial gig pretending he deserves it. Talk of building for next season is a total slap in the face to supporters who have witnessed him produce our worst campaign since 2010 in our most important season since 1997/98 [BBC].
Losing the 10 is a massive blow, but Celtic fans are angry with Neil Lennon for more than that
Secondly, you have the manager consistently downplaying the importance of the season. Lennon has tried to act as though the damage at the club isn’t as bad as is being made out.
Back in October, he stated that he had just suffered “one bad week” [BBC]. In recent weeks, he’s labelled it “a difficult season” [Daily Record]. It’s almost like something from a comedy sketch show. In the next scene he’ll be talking about how it’s only been one bad decade.
Thirdly, you have the constant dismissive attitude toward key supporter concerns. Celtic fans have been in uproar against the board for their lack of leadership or care in what the fans have to say this season. Lennon effectively told fans they were talking rubbish and stated that he “didn’t understand the theory” behind wanting changes at board-level [Daily Record].
He’s also moved to vigorously defend himself in the past, questioning after the worst season in years why it would be his intention to depart [Daily Record].
Lennon has had absolutely no interest in the fan’s main worries this season. He’s refused to cover them or scoffed at them if they directly clash with his own agenda. An agenda that appears to be to ride out this job as long as he can for everything its worth.
It’s a combination of the above that has led to such a devastating effect on Lennon’s reputation amongst the support. And it continues to grow worse and worse by the week.
Whether the damage is repairable is questionable. But let’s not pretend the sheer avalanche of criticism has come from the loss of the 10 alone. Lennon has a lot more to self-reflect on than just his on-field performance.