Celtic defender Nir Bitton is adamant; he and his teammates are definitely still giving 100% for manager Neil Lennon.
That’s the message after last night’s 4-2 defeat to AC Milan in the San Siro.
It was a difficult performance to get our heads around but in many ways, the 90 minutes summed up our season so far.
Inconsistency, flourishes of attacking potential and defensive calamities were all on show. These have all been familiar traits this term.
For Bitton though, some of the chatter around Celtic is ridiculous, despite winning just two matches from our last ten.
Speaking in a post-match press conference last night, the Israeli international said: “I think we always play for the manager and it’s been like that for the last seven years.
“This is just a nonsense from the outside, from the media. I’ve never heard about any player that doesn’t play for the manager. It’s impossible, we all have a good connection with him.
“At the end of the day, we play for ourselves as well. We don’t like to get slaughtered, we don’t deserve it I think after what we’ve done in the last 7 years, and especially the last four years.”
When asked about the Celtic board’s show of support for Lennon, Bitton would add: “This is none of our business. We don’t think about it.”
Bitton is an employee of the club so is always going to toe the party line, but he does appear to have genuine and honest faith in the job Neil Lennon is doing.
A siege mentality appears to have descended over Celtic Park, and I’m not just talking about the fencing put in place today.
At all levels of the club from the board room, to the players, a united front is being shown.
Whether that ensures positive results throughout December remains to be seen.
However, it’s clear that some, if not all, of these players haven’t given up on Lennon yet.