"I wasn't happy"; Neil Lennon annoyed at media narrative ahead of Celtic match

By John McGinley

September 27, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit back at media negativity in the wake of our Europa League qualifying win over Riga, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Bhoys had to wait for their winner against the Latvian champions.

The home side sat very deep and frustrated Lennon’s team for most of the 90 minutes before Mohamed Elyounoussi netted a classy finish off the bench.

However, the manager has defended his side and reckons some of the stories he’s seen in the press have been out of order.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “Apart from away to Cluj, when we had already qualified, we have a very good unbeaten record in the last couple of years.

“That delights me because playing away from home in Europe, as I know myself, is very difficult to do.

“We have to take the positives from Riga. It was a dominant performance with 70-odd per cent possession.

“I wasn’t happy with some of the narratives after the game, in terms of headlines where we toiled and scraped through. We didn’t. It was a great result.”

An away win in Europe is always welcome, but that’s not what fans are taking issue with.

Lennon clearly thinks his team aren’t getting enough credit but you’d be hard pushed to find too many supporters who thought it was a good Celtic performance on Thursday night.

The manager is happy while his Bhoys are winning and is unlikely to criticise them in public.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, hopefully, he is trying to find answers behind the scenes that help us look more threatening in attack and less unsure at the other end of the pitch.

Some of the players look a bit lost in their roles to me.

Today’s match at home to Hibernian will be one of our stiffest domestic tests to date and the manager must get it right.

In other news, Lennon has suggested David Turnbull could feature at Celtic Park today.