"I don't fear Celtic at all"; Aberdeen man's confidence sums up Celtic regression

By David Walton

February 23, 2021

Celtic vs Aberdeen round two is set to be played on Saturday, but the latest comments from the Dons’ Callum Hendry is a sign of how much we’ve regressed.

Any fear factor that existed from playing the Hoops in Glasgow is well and truly gone. Whilst we managed to go almost two full seasons without losing domestically at home under Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon has been slipping up consistently at Parkhead.

Whether it be in domestic matches vs Rangers, Ross County, or St Johnstone – Parkhead is no longer a fortress. Aberdeen will also know they should’ve come away with something last Wednesday after they suffered a 1-0 loss in the same fixture.

But Hendry, who was only given 13 minutes against Celtic last week, clearly isn’t overawed by the challenge. If anything show you just how weak Celtic are under Lennon, it’s the following remarks from the Dons striker, as quoted by the Evening Express:

“I hope I’ve done enough for a start at Celtic and I’ll take my chance again. I don’t fear Celtic at all. The boys are very confident going into the game at the weekend.

“We all know what’s expected of us and we go into every game wanting three points. It’s important we take everything from that into Celtic and the weeks after that. We have to build on it. We don’t feel pressure – the gaffer doesn’t put any pressure on us.”

The Celtic Park fear factor didn’t affect Aberdeen; Callum Hendry won’t be the only Don with confidence

If we’re being serious, there hasn’t been a fear factor at Parkhead for some time. If you look back to Aberdeen’s last trip here, they could easily have been walking away with a point or more. They had the chances to do so.

more concerningly from a Celtic perspective was that we didn’t have enough control of the game. Our midfield was losing too many second-balls, and Derek McInnes’ side knew we were fragile. With a lack of supporters in the stadium also affecting things, you question why anyone would fear playing this Celtic side.

When you go back to Rodgers’ time at the club, players weren’t shy in admitting fear. Even managers were admitting that their teams were scared to face Celtic [Scottish Sun].

Aberdeen looked bright at Celtic Park last week / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You won’t find that under Lennon. Hendry knows he can say he has no fear playing against Celtic because he knows fine well he won’t see a reaction. He won’t be made to eat those words with our performance. Sure, Aberdeen may lose the game, but it won’t be in a comfortable manner for us.

Players this season will have no respect for this Celtic side. Why should they? We’ve failed to win 11 of our Premiership games and there are still eight remaining. Chances are that’ll rise a good bit yet.

We’ll see what happens between now and the end of the season. But long gone are the days when Celtic have opposition teams beaten in the tunnel.

In other news, the Celtic supporters were not in the mood for the club’s Twitter return today.