Celtic manager Neil Lennon responds to Sheyi Ojo claims

By David Walton

July 30, 2019

Neil Lennon has responded to Sheyi Ojo’s boasts that Rangers are the best team in Scotland.

The Rangers winger made the statement a couple of days ago as he weighed up the season ahead. He stated that he’d watched the Scottish Premiership towards the end of last season. He came to the conclusion that Rangers were apparently the best side in the country, despite Celtic finishing nine points ahead of them (The Scotsman).

It’s set to be an interesting campaign, with our rivals throwing so much at trying to stop us this season.

Rangers’ Sheyi Ojo disrespected Celtic with his claim (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Lennon was happy to respond to the Ojo boast. Speaking in the Daily Record, Lenny questioned what the new Rangers man was basing his claims on.

“I don’t know what it’s based on, but he is entitled to his opinion. It just washes over us. We are here to play in the Champions League.

“I don’t think our players have to justify themselves in any way, shape or form. To be fair to them, over the last few years they’ve done that very well.”

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There’s only one way to prove you’re the best team in your land, and that’s by winning your league championship. Celtic have now done so for the past eight years, and have to be considered favourites to do it for a ninth time.

This was as predictable and as measured of a response as you would’ve expected from Lennon here. His main focus was to let the comments go without delving into them too much.

Celtic have proven time and time again to be the best team in the league (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But in true Lenny fashion, he’s had a nice subtle dig that puts them back in their place. Ojo has absolutely nothing to base his claims on outside of a one-off match at Ibrox back in May when the league title was already wrapped up.

Lennon is spot on that these players don’t have to prove to anyone how good they are now. It’s something Celtic have continuously been doing for the last eight years. They deserve a bit more respect than Ojo offered.

Lennon will be focused on the new campaign ahead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rangers are prone to statements such as these in the run-up to new campaigns, of course. You could argue that it provides the Hoops with some extra incentive to shut them up when it matters. But clearly, the Ibrox club aren’t yet willing to keep their players’ mouths shut anytime soon.

It’s all fuel to the fire ahead of what will be an interesting season ahead. Lennon, however, has responded in the way any Celtic manager should to the claims.