Former Celtic star Kris Commons believes that players pursuing their own agenda has been the main problem at the club this season.
Commons knows a thing or two about behind-the-scenes fallouts at Celtic. He had a tumultuous relationship with boss Ronny Deila during the Norwegian’s final campaign in charge.
What the former attacking midfielder sees at Celtic this season is another case of player power gone awry.
He reckons talk of Neil Lennon being the issue at the Bhoys this term is wide of the mark.
Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail [03/05 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16], Commons said: “When Lennon left, some people expected an improvement in the attitude and performances of players such as Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer. But it’s abundantly clear now that Lennon wasn’t the problem. The problem lies squarely with these players who have their own agendas and have prioritised them ahead of the club.
“The unhealthy obsession with ten-in-a-row is at the heart of it. Celtic felt compelled to hold on to a select few players who were already plotting their own exit.
“They should never have entertained the idea of having to coax these players into giving the club ‘one more year’. As soon as a player expresses a desire to leave, as Lennon made clear after the Ferencvaros game last August, the club should be phoning them a taxi to the airport.
“These players felt like they were doing Celtic a favour by hanging around.”
It’s a combination of all these things
Commons is a well-known ally of Lennon so is always going to stick up for him. However, he does have a point about the players. They’ve let us down as much as anyone this season.
Unbelievably, Lennon is the only person to have taken any responsibility for the failures this term. Resigning from his position is more than anyone else at the club has done.
There’s been no apology and no accountability – just the same old soundbites and nonsense PR from players, coaches and those on the board.
Celtic collapsed so spectacularly because of a combination of all these issues. Lennon was a problem. The players wanting away was a problem. The board getting the transfer strategy all wrong was a problem.
There’s plenty of blame to go around.