Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s heated BBC interview last week has been called out by Hibernian manager Jack Ross.
There was plenty of talk towards the end of the week after Lennon’s comments in Livingston. Before Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Lennon was irked by the line of questioning from the BBC.
The Hoops boss wasn’t happy with reporter Kenny MacIntyre continuously bringing up his fiery press conference from Monday. Instead, he wanted to discuss matters central to the Livingston game. In the end, he stormed out of the interview [BBC].
MacIntyre was again involved in interviewing Ross yesterday. This came after Hibs’ 3-0 loss to St Johnstone in the Betfred Cup semi-finals. And he also got annoyed during the discussion as he brought up Lennon’s Wednesday interview:
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Ross said: “You’ve just asked me questions about the first half and how we did well. I heard your interview (with Lennon) during the week and I think sometimes you’re a bit disrespectful to managers.
“I’ve explained the first-half performance and I’ve explained the second-half performance, in terms of it being about heart, character and guts, and how you do things in the face of adversity.
“So that would suggest that if I understood a lot about football, then there’s not really a tactical element that comes into that. I’ve answered your questions fully and respectfully and I think it would be good if that was a two-way street.”
Celtic boss’ BBC interview was intriguing, but there are more pressing concerns
Everyone will have a different opinion on the Lennon interview. Was it a bit heavy-handed in terms of how it was conducted? Perhaps. Could it have been handled better by our manager? Yep.
But Lennon will feel he’s been given a bit of vindication for his anger here. Ross was also clearly annoyed yesterday.
However, in truth, I think this was more to do with the result yesterday. Ross sounded like he was up for an argument and he managed to find one. Considering the poor run his Hibs side are generally on, he’ll likely be feeling the heat.
Personally, I don’t mind a bit of pressing from reporters in these interviews. They’re there to try and get the answers to questions that fans want to hear. Especially when things are going as grimly as they are at Parkhead.
There are also more pressing concerns for Lennon than that interview. I would stop short of saying he’s one bad result away from losing his job. I would’ve said that back in October and yet still he’s here.
But with Hamilton Academical visiting Celtic Park on Wednesday night, a defeat doesn’t even bear thinking about.