Some Celtic fans express anger as Neil Lennon makes squad decision
Neil Lennon made a bold decision last night as Celtic secured their first win of 2021, and it hasn’t gone down well with Hoops fans.
Indeed, the 2-0 success against Hamilton didn’t have a particularly glorious feel to it. It was three points and a win which is always welcome, especially when you’ve gone four games without one.
Even so, given the situation surrounding our season, the title race, and the club in general, last night’s win had nothing more than a friendly feel to it. A game of very little significance in the grand scheme. The win being the only real positive as we finally decided not to drop any more points.
However, Lennon ensured that there was a major talking point to come out of it. The dropping of Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas.
The manager threw in Scott Bain after claiming that Barkas isn’t “up to speed”. He also stated that he hasn’t settled [Daily Record]. These are truly worrying claims given we splashed out £4.5m on him in the summer [Scottish Sun].
Neil Lennon decision on Barkas isn’t going down well with Celtic fans
It was an admission that Barkas simply hasn’t been good enough all season. He’s now seen what many supporters have been seeing all season.
But the fact is Lennon had previously made his decision. He put Barkas in for games against Dundee Utd, Rangers, and Livingston and stated he was set for more opportunities [Daily Record]
With fixtures against Hamilton and St Mirren at Parkhead coming up, an opportunity was there for Celtic and Barkas. A chance to bag him a couple of clean sheets and get his confidence going again. That seemed like the logical move to make given Lennon had publicly stood by the Greek stopper not even a month ago.
Now he’s decided to change things up once again. Bain may have bagged a clean sheet last night, but he’s proven in the past that he isn’t good enough to be number one. He had a spell in the team between October and November. During that period he let 16 goals slip past him in only six games [Transfermarkt].
It’s not a good enough stat that shows Bain isn’t the answer against better-quality opposition. And supporters certainly weren’t happy after Lennon confirmed Barkas was being taken out of the side:
Lennon’s man management skills this season have been a disgrace. Dropping a guy that’s not settled and throwing him under the bus in the process, but will pick a loan player that’s miles off it over a decent youth prospect just because he’s a good Celtic man on a massive wage👍 https://t.co/7nZ42FE8vi
— Kieran (@kieranR1888) January 27, 2021
What a shocking thing to say publicly about your keeper. Sums him up as a manager tbf https://t.co/wy677Dk9Xu
— Turnbull CSC (@barkinass) January 27, 2021
Ps, I think Bain is a perfectly good goalie but the treatment Barkas has received is a disgrace. I would be the first to criticise him if I felt it was justified but what has he actually done wrong? https://t.co/hy17SynDSA
— Darren Massey (@Mass2101) January 27, 2021
I'm sure you telling the media that has gave Barkas a right confidence boost Neil🙄 https://t.co/FWQIxHOmF8
— Claire (@Claire1888CFC) January 27, 2021
Barkas couldn’t settle cause he couldn’t mix.
Barkas was gonna be his no1.
Even putting Barkas being unsettled to the side – hes chopped & changed between Barkas & Hazard for the past 2 months. Bain hasnt had a look in. Now hes number 1?
We’re past the point of parody now https://t.co/dxP1QJCho5
— barry (@barryplough_) January 27, 2021
Must be pretty confident Bain won't have the kind of game that saw him dropped a few weeks ago when he was last in goals or it'll be "well I think Hazard has really stepped up to be No1 this season" https://t.co/fpITYdJNM3
— Rab (@bhoab) January 27, 2021
He’ll no settle when he’s playing 1 every 4 games. Maybe if he didn’t keep getting dropped he may have some confidence. Must be hard to move to a new country and settle in these times, some faith in him could do him the world of good. Lennon’s looking like some “man manager” here https://t.co/g5aVOKjL0r
— jamie (@wegdog42) January 27, 2021
Wonder why he hasn’t settled? Could be the fact he’s been dropped 3 times, thrown under the bus twice, is playing with an atrocious defence in front of him or maybe people constantly giving him abuse for goals he isn’t at fault for. Bain’s level is Dundee. https://t.co/cfEcI79IVQ
— . (@_RH88_) January 27, 2021