Jim Goodwin has a dig at Neil Lennon Celtic press conference comments

By John McGinley

January 22, 2021

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has had a nibble at Neil Lennon this afternoon, suggesting the Celtic boss shouldn’t be commenting on other club’s facilities.

The fall-out from Lennon’s Monday press conference has rumbled on all week.

His incendiary comments have drawn criticism from supporters, Government officials, pundits and, now, opposition manager.

Part of Lennon’s press conference was focused on his uneasiness with facilities around Scotland and how they impact social distancing guidelines.

Lennon accused both Hamilton and St Johnstone of failing to maintain strict social distancing laws during recent away matches.

The Accies were first to briefly dismiss the Hoops boss (Glasgow Times), before Saints released a more substantial statement calling the claims “unfounded”.

Goodwin decided to stick up for the smaller clubs in the Scottish Premiership today, telling The Scottish Sun: “I’ve got no issues with any of the other clubs out there, and I think we need to be careful within football.

“You listen to these managers out talking other clubs down in the media. I don’t think it’s healthy and I don’t think it’s positive.

“If they have concerns, go speak to people higher up in their own clubs. Get them to pass on that message back to the clubs it involves and speak to the SFA.

“I don’t think we need to go publicly shaming anybody. I think every club in the league and the country for that matter are doing the best they can with the facilities we’ve got available to us.”

Lennon made decent points in the wrong way

Goodwin was on the books at Celtic as a youth player. He also doesn’t hide the fact he had a soft spot for the club when he was growing up. It’s not as if he’s needlessly criticising.

Clearly, he feels Lennon has overstepped the mark with his public comments.

Jim Goodwin and Neil Lennon on the touchline / (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Celtic manager is entitled to his opinions of course. For some Celtic fans, actually made a number of good points in his press conference.

If there are inconsistencies and contradictions in Scottish football’s pandemic protocols then it should be brought to light.

Though, as Goodwin notes, it’s probably not a great idea to name and shame the clubs.

In other news, Chris Sutton has called on Neil Lennon to walk away from Celtic.