How long the Celtic squad expected Neil Lennon to be in charge for

By David Walton

February 28, 2021

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has revealed that the Hoops squad believed Neil Lennon would remain in charge until the end of the season.

Bain has been one of the underperformers this season, with Lennon putting his faith in him over the last month. However, with Lennon gone, John Kennedy has now taken the reins for now.

The Celtic supporters had been calling for Lennon to be given the chop months ago. But last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County in Dingwall would prove to be the seemingly random final straw. Even so, the Hoops supporters have been loathed to praise the board for their decision given the fact 10-in-a-row has been all but lost.

And the news even came as a surprise to Celtic’s Dingwall flops too. Bain, speaking as quoted by the Scottish Sun, has stated that everyone believed Lennon would be in charge for at least the remainder of the campaign:

“It probably came as a surprise. The camp thought that the old gaffer was probably going to be here until the end of the season. So, in that regard it was a surprise.

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“But obviously we know that football’s results based. Although we were on a good run, it was a disappointing result last week. We just need to try and move on from there. I think it can be a distraction (talk of the manager’s future).

“I think it had got to a stage where we weren’t really thinking about it. We went out and tried to do the best we could for him.”

Celtic squad has let everyone down; but they were led by Neil Lennon

Whilst it’s a popular route to go down to hammer the players, it’s important to remember who led them. Thre shouldn’t be much sympathy for Lennon and how his time in Glasgow ended. This was mostly his own doing.

I say mostly because we can’t pretend there weren’t other factors. Lennon hasn’t been helped by certain members of his playing squad who should be delivering so much better. People seem to love to jump on Odsonne Edouard’s back, but he isn’t the only one.

Throw in the likes of Albian Ajeti, Ryan Christie, Diego Laxalt, Nir Bitton, Vasilis Barkas, and Bain just to name a few off the top of my head. There is a plethora of talent that have been far too timid this season in how they’ve approached domestic fixtures in particular.

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain / (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Keeping Lennon until the end of the season would’ve been the ultimate insult. The fans demanded change at some stage this season. Whilst it should’ve been a lot earlier, many will be relieved that Neil won’t be in charge again next season.

But plenty of these players shouldn’t be back either. Far too many have proven themselves to be not up for the battle, or simply lacking too much in quality. Bain, undeniably, falls into the latter quality.

In other news, Celtic could be in for some good news this week.