Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed they are refitting social areas at Lennoxtown to help his players relax and bond more, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
In the age of pandemic, the squad is more fractured than usual, with dressing rooms and meal times changed in order to ensure any potential virus spread is mitigated against as much as possible.
The manager was asked about the psychological problems within his group by reporters yesterday and he reckons that a bit of social cohesion can help his players on and off the pitch.
He said, on Celtic’s official YouTube channel: “We’re trying to do some refitting here at Lennoxtown to create an area where they can relax after training, a lounge area, if you want to call it that.
“We don’t have that amenity at the minute and, with the way things are, dressing rooms are split up and eating times are split up.
“Sometimes they don’t see each other, except when they’re out on the training ground. That’s a very difficult thing to do.
“We are looking at different ways out knitting them all together in an, obviously, socially distanced environment, so they can get to know each other and spend a bit more time together than they’re doing at the minute.”
What to make of this?
These comments may strike some as unusual. Some may even be rolling their eyes at the thought of Lennon blaming Celtic’s current predicament on the lack of a player’s lounge.
However, we do need these things in place and, to me, it’s pretty strange that such an area wasn’t already available to the players. It seems like quite a basic thing for a training centre.
Lennon is on full-on deflection mode at the moment, so I can understand the criticism of the comments too.
Plenty of fans feel that the team’s failings this season are primarily down to the manager. How much will a relaxation and social area at Lennoxtown really help when we are being humiliated at home and abroad?
At this point, I’m willing Celtic to try anything if Lennon stays in place. It’s not as if things can get much worse.