Callum McGregor seemed to be calling for a bit of calm in an interview with Celtic TV today.
The Hoops stalwart emphasised the togetherness of a squad that looks ahead to a busy schedule, with Europa League, Scottish Cup, League and League Cup commitments coming up for Neil Lennon’s men.
The message from the club, from top to bottom, is that everyone’s together.
“No season is ever perfect or ever the same,” the midfielder told Celtic’s in-house press, “and I always touch on this when we have sticky situations throughout the campaign, that it’s how you react to the adversity in terms of bad results and bad performances. It’s how you react to that which is going to win you the league, and that’s what we have to do. We have to galvanise the group.”
McGregor has never come across as someone to mince his words or exaggerate. Without grasping for the book of clichés, he does seem like a fan who got very lucky, and happens to be one of our best players.
Celtic fans reacted on Twitter to McGregor’s press conference, and some were keen to air their grievances at the club rather than McGregor himself.
So when we see turgid, slow, no tempo football with constant recycling of the ball…where is the drive/hunger? @CelticFC players & manager need to stop the cliched patronising of the support and put in the graft & performances.
— Denis Maxwell (@lubohenke1967) November 24, 2020
Fed up with the same stuff .only way to solve this problem is neil lennon to resign .because board not sacking him .sticking by him as the upcoming fixtures we are expecting to win count out sparta.lennon constantly falling out with players. Done same at hibs.
— Stephen Kennedy (@Stephenjames187) November 24, 2020
What else is he going to say…..”The manager hasn’t a clue and the players know it”….trotting out players to kid us on everything is okay isn’t going to work..we can see what’s happening!!
— drewbhoy (@BhoyDrew) November 24, 2020
— Kyle Chapman (@Mrchapman2005) November 24, 2020
That’s just a small slice of the hundreds of messages sent into the club on Twitter and Instagram today.
In fairness to McGregor, he has to back the manager on Celtic TV. Anything else would be absolutely bizarre. There’s nothing suspect here. He seems entirely earnest in his belief that the team will turn things around.
However, the club needs to read the room and recognise the content that fans want. Nobody wants to hear the same old story when the Lennon project appears to be unravelling at a healthy clip.
The briefing of press outlets (Daily Mail) and calls for unity have tried to paint a happy picture at Celtic Park today, but will it work when the evidence on the park suggests otherwise?
Perhaps we need to be hearing from Peter Lawwell on why no big decisions are being made.