Celtic could have avoided exit from the Champions League if Neil Lennon trusted his new signings.
The Irishman only started one new Bhoy and even that was out of necessity. Whereas the likes of Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli and Marian Shved didn’t make it.
These players were brought in to improve on what we had, yet Lennon had other ideas.
Celtic manager to blame for transfer fiasco
The Hoops faithful are within their rights to place responsibility on Peter Lawwell.
He’s a shyster penny pinching wheeler dealer and has been for years but the team selection wasn’t his. To his credit he did provide the fees for Shved, Jullien and Bolingoli but Lennon decided not to play them.
Lennon would rather play Scotland’s best player at left-back rather than the full-back he bought.
He would rather keep a £7 million defender he bought warming the bench. Keeping Jullien from the team from the start is going to be Lennon’s biggest regret this season. The big Frenchman should easily be bedded in by now, but the fans have hardly seen him.
Lennon can try and pass the buck or even accept that the full team are responsible for the exit, however, in reality it is his fault.
Celtic will not rebuild after this result
Any fan thinking the club are going to spend and bring in more big signings are going to be disappointed.
Champions League exit means the Kieran Tierney windfall covers the club’s costs for a year.
The club are now losing out to more than £60 million over the last two season due to inept transfers.
For a few seasons now the club has went into these qualifiers with disjointed squads and now the penny is dropping.
Fans will need to take it in that the squad that we have now is going to be the squad for the season. Bar maybe one or two very low cost signings to make up the numbers – that’s it.
This story was already written when Lawwell offered Lennon the job in the showers of Hampden Park in May.