Celtic need to bring back fear factor; Motherwell man's comments hint at decline

By Euan Davidson

February 5, 2021

Celtic are aiming for consecutive wins.

That’s a strange situation. The biggest club in Scotland, 9IAR winners, Quadruple Treble champions; the list of Celtic accolades goes on and on.

This season, Neil Lennon’s men have struggled to get a run of wins together. Victories against Hamilton and Kilmarnock won’t have any in green and white doing backflips, but they’re results we need.

Neil Lennon once promised to bring “the thunder” back to Celtic. At the moment, clubs around the league don’t fear us. Despite only losing 3 games all season [BBC], an obscene number of draws paired with weak performances have hinted at the Hoops’ decline.

Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Motherwell, Steelmen striker Devante Cole seemed to embody this fearlessness. In quotes from Not The Old Firm, Cole said:

“We don’t want to look behind us, we want to keep on pushing. Obviously it’s always a hard test going to Celtic but coming off the back of two wins I think we can go there and just play like we have been doing and see what happens.”

Neil Lennon, in full “thunder” mode / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For Celtic, “the thunder” must be brought back for 20-21 run in

The league is probably beyond Celtic’s capabilities. At the time of writing, we’re 23 points behind Rangers, with two games in hand.

Most Celtic supporters, myself included, have all but written off the chance of 10IAR. As sad as it is, it remains a challenge that another Hoops side will have to achieve in the future. Nobody has managed that elusive tenth, and perhaps none ever shall.

But Neil Lennon at least needs to bring some fear back. St. Mirren have bested both of Glasgow’s big 2 this season [Glasgow Times], but the Bhoys’ meek capitulation against the Buddies was particularly hard to digest.

With little to play for, pride needs to be the name of the game. Lennon’s unusual style of man-management, i.e. throwing his players under the bus, needs to be replaced with a siege mentality. Pitting Celtic against the world is Lennon’s bread and butter.

Devante Cole isn’t going to hold a press conference at Fir Park and say “I actually think we’ll lose against Celtic, and it’d be an honour. Hail hail.”

Still, the way players and managers around the league talk about us shouldn’t sit right. Opposition shouldn’t come into matches with belief. They should be fearing us. Instead, we’ve become a soft target, a possibility for at least a draw.

For a club like ours, that isn’t how things should be. Neil Lennon must galvanise this squad and make a real statement with these players.