Celtic players have been completing optional training sessions at Lennoxtown on days off

By John McGinley

November 14, 2020

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has revealed that first-team stars have been completing optional training sessions at Lennoxtown recently, speaking to The Celtic View (Vol 56, Issue 16, page 7).

There’s no doubt that the Bhoys have been struggling of late.

The window of matches between the most recent international breaks didn’t go to plan, for the most part.

Defeats to Rangers, Sparta Prague and Milan, as well as a league draw against Aberdeen, have mounted pressure on Neil Lennon and his players.

One of the worries amongst supporters has been the concept of ‘losing the dressing room’. It’s a football cliche, but some have wondered whether this group of stars are still fighting for their manager.

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Signs of discontent have been hanging around since the summer transfer window when Lennon suggested some of his first-team players were itching for a move away from the club (The Glasgow Times).

Kennedy has insisted there is no panic or drama behind-the-scenes, revealing that players are working harder than ever at Lennoxtown to turn things around.

He told The Celtic View this week (Vol 56, Issue 16, page 7): “On our one day off last week we put an optional training session on for players who hadn’t played in the last game and every one of them turned up for the session.

“That paints a picture of where the squad are and that they know the work that has to be put in.

“That’s the attitude of the squad right now, and that’ll be good for us in the long run. When you have that attitude, the consistency will come.”

For me, Kennedy’s comments are the clearest sign yet that everyone is still pulling in the same direction behind-the-scenes at Celtic.

Who turns up on a day off if they have a serious problem with their boss?

Celtic in training at Lennoxtown / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There is clearly a desire to push for places in the first-team and start to find the consistency that Kennedy talks about.

The 4-1 win over Motherwell was obviously a good start, but we need to see plenty more of these performances after the international break, or we risk losing touch with Rangers.

In other news, Jozo Simunovic has sent an online message to Celtic and fans have provided a big response.