Former SFA chief Roger Mitchell launches bizarre criticism of Celtic fans

By David Walton

December 23, 2020

Former SFA Chief Executive Roger Mitchell has launched a bizarre criticism of the Celtic support.

The Hoops are just three days out from winning the Scottish Cup against Hearts at Hampden. More importantly, however, it secured an historic quadruple treble that will likely never be done again in Scottish football history.

However, it’s come during an odd period for the club. Celtic have bowed out of the Europa League in weak fashion. We’re also 16 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership with three games in-hand.

And with Lennon under immense-criticism, Mitchell thinks the Hoops fans’ mindset changes too easily after coming so close to losing to the Jambos at the weekend. Here’s a look at his Twitter posts this morning:

Plenty of calls for Lennon to go even after Celtic beat Hearts

Yes, the calls for Lennon to go have calmed down to a degree. However, they still existed on Sunday given the nature of the performance.

Mitchell believes two penalty misses have totally switched the Celtic fans’ reaction to the game. Of course it has. We’ve now won the quadruple-treble for goodness sake. Had the two penalties been scored then we would’ve lost. It’s easy to see why there was some jubilation post-match.

But even so, many Celtic fans understand we got fortunate at Hampden. Nobody was impressed with the second-half performance. Go on any Celtic fans forum or social media website and you’ll see plenty still wanting the manager gone. The deficiencies are still glaringly obvious. The Celtic support haven’t been fooled in that regard.

Celtic leave Hampden as Quadruple Treble champions / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mitchell also says the media is the same. But why wouldn’t we all be going along with the celebrations? It’s an historic achievement that doesn’t deserve to be overshadowed by a bit of poor defending here and here.

We’ve also discussed what went wrong on Sunday and why it needs fixing immediately. But we’re not going to start crying about it after a quadruple-treble win. Because at the end of the day we got the result. It’s the fine line between winning and losing. When you’re on the winning side of the line you don’t go all out.

And if we follow it up with another win against Ross County tonight, they’ll get praised again. If not? Then they’ll be ridiculed for another shocking result and (likely) performance. That’s just how football works.

In other news, this Celtic star navigated a tricky media question yesterday as he refused to pile pressure on Neil Lennon.