Frustrated Lennon takes BBC Scotland man to task after Celtic query

By John McGinley

March 2, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon took issue with one reporter’s line of questioning today, telling BBC Scotland’s Kheredine Idessane he’d asked an ‘awful question’ during a press conference.

The Bhoys have just navigated a 34th consecutive cup win in Scottish football and have booked a place in another Scottish Cup semi-final next month against Aberdeen.

Trebles are incredibly difficult to come by and the fact that Celtic have achieved the feat in three successive seasons should not take away from that.

It’s an unprecedented level of consistency and to make it a ‘quadruple treble’ would be quite amazing.

One journalist today though, confirmed by the broadcaster’s Scottish Football Podcast to be Idessane, questioned whether or not the season would be seen as a failure if another treble was not achieved.

As quoted by the BBC, Lennon said: “That’s an awful question.

“I don’t know who would deem that a failure. My remit is to carry on the good work that was left behind by Brendan [Rodgers] and so far, so good.

“So, if some people deem it a failure if we don’t succeed in that aspect then I accept that but it’s a strange question.”

Above and beyond

Clearly the journalist involved here is just doing his job and looking for a quote from the Celtic boss.

However, it is certainly rather bizarre to suggest that a season in which the club have already won the League Cup and could potentially win a ninth successive Scottish Premiership title would be seen as a failure.

Neil Lennon celebrates last season’s Celtic Scottish Cup win / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Standards are high at Celtic Park but if a treble becomes the default starting point when it comes to the perception of success and failure then it would be far too difficult to sustain.

The current achievements of the Celtic team should be seen as something above and beyond the norm, rather than a continuation of it.

Lennon is right to defend himself and his squad in the face of that kind of expectation.