The BBCs Chris McLaughlin has tweeted that the police are currently arriving at Celtic Park “in numbers” after supporters flocked to the stadium this evening.
Celtic were rocked this afternoon after being beaten 2-0 at home by Ross County in the Betfred Cup last-16 stage. The result only adds to the pressure Neil Lennon is under as his run of form stretched to only two wins in 10.
The Hoops have now failed to beat Rangers, AC Milan, Aberdeen, Lille, Sparta Prague (x2), Hibernian, and now County respectively. It’s an incredible run of winless games, and it appears that the supporters have gone to extreme lengths this afternoon to voice their frustrations.
Despite Glasgow being in tier four of the government’s Covid protocol systems, BBC reporter McLaughlin has reported that fans are gathering at the famous old stadium:
A group of angry Celtic fans now outside Celtic Park. Some chanting for Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell to go. Police arriving in numbers.
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) November 29, 2020
More than just a warning sign
This is bad for Lennon.
Whether he likes it or not, this is the kind of stuff that the board will listen to. When the supporters start to gather outside the stadium then it’s more than just a warning light – it’s a big emergency.
The Celtic supporters don’t tend to swarm outside Parkhead unless the situation is severe. Given the current Covid restrictions, this is doubly so and it shows exactly how furious the supporters are.
There’s a greater point to be made about whether supporters should be there or not of course. We’re living in dangerous times, and it’s not ideal to have this kind of gathering happening at the moment. Not when we’re all looking to come out of lockdown over the next couple of weeks.
But that only reflects even more grimly on Lennon. It’s a massive indication of just how furious many supporters are with his tenure, and given that Lawwell is coming in for some stick, it’s clear that he’s under massive pressure to make the right move now too.
It’s difficult to see Celtic getting away from all of this without having someone fall on their sword. When the fans are baying like this outside stadiums, it normally means that a sacrifice has to be made.
This latest development has only made things even more concerning for the big dogs at Parkhead.