Neil Lennon used his latest pre-match press conference to set a few groups of people straight. As well as criticising an element of the Celtic support for “immaturity” he also went for the Scottish press and one point in particular.
Lennon took exception with an article written by an unknown journalist claiming that Celtic had failed to win the league with any great style.
Lennon told the official Celtic YouTube (3mins): “There’s the spin that sometimes you guys put on it. Like “stuttering over the line”. It’s nonsense. They didn’t stutter over the line at all, they won the league comfortably.
“Not as comfortably as some years but then that bar was set very high.”
A siege mentality
Neil Lennon has the ability to turn against everyone from time to time. It’s one of his oldest tricks and he uses it to make the squad feel like everyone is against them. That makes them want to put in a performance to prove people wrong.
Lennon is an old school manager in the modern game. He doesn’t hold his council very often, choosing instead to say what he feels when he feels is right.
He’s as honest as the day is long and while that should be commended, maybe he should have held his council on this occasion. Celtic’s form in recent months has been indicative of a side limping towards the title. The draws against Aberdeen, Livingston and Hibs were all dire affairs to watch while late goals at both Tynecastle and Dens Park saved him more despair.
The fans have made their mind up on the Northern Irishman and Sunday’s performance indicated that the players have too.
The press turning against Lennon won’t help his case either. With next week’s final appearing on the horizon he could do with everybody being with him, not against him.