And with that, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has surely gone

By Euan Davidson

January 30, 2021

For Celtic supporters and Neil Lennon, it somehow gets worse.

We’d have been forgiven for thinking the Ferencvaros defeat would’ve been as bad as it’d get. Nope, not by a long shot [BBC]. Sparta Prague hammering us home and away [Sky Sports]? We wish. A toothless display in a derby match [SPFL]? Dream on.

No, it’s this, today, that was the worst result of Neil Lennon’s return to the club. From the first minute to the last, and to a man, Celtic were awful today. Absolutely bereft of ideas, clumsy and distracted at the back. It was disgraceful, and maybe the worst part is, nobody’s surprised.

There are a contingent of the Celtic support who still want us to keep the faith with Neil Lennon. To show support to a man who’s been treated horrendously in Scotland. But supporting Neil Lennon the man and Neil Lennon the coach are mutually exclusive things.

The fact is he’s not good enough to manage Celtic Football Club.

Cut him loose, Pete. / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell needs to cut Lennon loose

Peter Lawwell has nothing to lose at this point, except further damage to his reputation. There’s nothing – and I mean zero – to be gained from keeping Neil Lennon in his job.

In any other walk of life, you’re punished when you constantly make a mess of things. Making a mess of things has been Lennon’s forté this season.

Regardless of recruitment, regardless of the mitigating factors, this squad was good enough to win the league at a canter last season.

Now, it barely looks good enough for second place.

Lennon has alienated his goalkeepers, stuck with defenders who can’t defend, and has signed players seemingly not to use them. No matter what his role is in bringing players, it’s his job to make them part of the squad. Ajeti and Barkas haven’t been afforded that opportunity, not really.

So what now? Sack Lennon. The longer he stays, the longer it takes to undo the bad habits formed under the current regime. At the very least, we need a coach who can, I don’t know, co-ordinate a defence to deal with set-pieces? A throw-in was our undoing today. A throw-in.

Being blunt, we can’t attract players of any decent calibre with Lenny at the helm. Going forward, this squad needs extensive surgery, and giving the keys to Lennon would be utterly foolish.

This has to end now. There is simply no good argument for Neil Lennon.

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