It’s clear that the Celtic fans have now had enough of Neil Lennon over-egging performances after his latest overly-praising verdict.
The Hoops managed to overcome St Johnstone 2-1 in Perth yesterday to make it four consecutive wins. However, for long spells against the Saints we were struggling to create. It was a grim watch for supporters up until Odsonne Edouard slammed home a brace and turned things around.
This followed a similar pattern to the St Mirren game on Wednesday night. Celtic were uninventive for the majority of that one before a late flurry of goals saw us run out 4-0 winners.
Lennon labelled that display in Paisley “brilliant” and “magnificent” [BT Sport]. However, in truth, it was turgid before the final 10 minutes or so. And he’s done the exact same thing yesterday.
Speaking to Celtic TV after our comeback success against Callum Davidson’s side, Lennon said: “Excellent. I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. Thought we could’ve won the game by more and on a really difficult pitch I thought we played some great stuff.
“Two beautiful goals. Two beautiful team goals. So yeah I’m very pleased with the performance.”
Celtic fans disagree with Lennon verdict; performances not what they’re being made out to be
You wouldn’t expect Lennon to go in on his side of course. He never does and probably seldom should do after a victory. Especially one in which his team has had to come from a goal behind to secure.
Even then, there’s a line he should try to avoid crossing. Not every win is “excellent” in the way the manager likes to put it. In fact, for a good hour in Perth it was an absolutely dreadful display with nothing to get excited about.
For many, it may feel as though Lennon can do no right. If he praises the team he gets criticised for going too overboard. If he criticises them he gets called up for not backing them after winning games.
But for us it’s a case of reading the room. Nobody in our fan-base is delighted with this four-game winning run. Not because we don’t like seeing Celtic win, but because it’s just so flat and close to being meaningless at this stage. Especially with so many changes being required in the summer.
Yet Lennon appears to think everything is rosy in the garden again. And that, evidently, has angered the Celtic supporters who want to see the manager tone down his delight at some of their poorer all-round performances:
“Worse than toothache”
Anybody got a copy of the game he was watching, coz the game I seen was worse than toothache. 🤷♂️🙄 https://t.co/Vu23OeC9DV
— Tam (@TamMcKenna1888) February 14, 2021
We were absolutely dug meat and were saved by individual acts of brilliance despite the obvious lack of shape or tactics. https://t.co/tHAHxj3lww
— Joliet Jake (@Jolietjake67) February 14, 2021
How Neil Lennon can walk through the doors of Celtic Park as manager without a red neck is beyond me.
— Gentile (@Gentile_Rivera) February 14, 2021
We werent excellent. We were absolutely horrible to watch. We were lucky we have an excellent player, there’s a difference
— Matthew Shaw🏴 (@Matt_Shaw31) February 14, 2021
I’ve no idea what game he was watching but we were “good” for 10 minutes in the first and fortunate for 2 in the second.
“Very pleased with that performance”?
That in itself tells you how far standards have slipped.
— Al (@thedarkweeally) February 14, 2021
This is tiresome, the first half was tiresome. This season Neil Lennon’s teams have very rarely strung 2 halves of football together..2 bits of quality from Christie & Eddy nade the difference.
— Denis Maxwell (@lubohenke1967) February 14, 2021
Never heard so much nonsense from a Celtic manager since the last days of Gordon Strachan . Just don’t know what he is watching but it certainly ain’t the same games I watch
— Tommy 🍀 (@65_celt) February 14, 2021
Surprise surprise….same garbage trundled out…”thought we were superb”… no, not at any point. Please give us a break from this post match nonsense
— MT (@MT18890377) February 14, 2021