Lennon acknowledges state of Celtic Park pitch on club TV

By David Walton

December 24, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has acknowledged the state of Parkhead on Celtic TV as he admitted it’s making for tricky conditions.

The Hoops battled to a 2-0 win against Ross County on the famous turf last night. But as winter hits hard, it was clear that some of pitch was cutting up.

In the end, Celtic managed to play some slick football despite the result. There was also plenty of chances created as the Hoops managed to bag a big three points to keep in touch with Rangers in the title race.

Speaking after the game on Celtic TV however, Lennon appeared to notice the pitch wasn’t in great shape.

“Obviously we’re not getting carried away at the minute, but I’m very pleased with the performance tonight. The pitch is a little bit difficult at this time of year, but this was a really comfortable performance and a very good three points.”

Hybrid pitch was supposed to stop Celtic Park cutting up

This wasn’t supposed to happen on Parkhead’s hybrid surface. Brendan Rodgers demanded Celtic Park receive an upgrade back in 2019, but we’re still seeing it cut up a fair bit come the winter.

The last thing we need is this to be a problem. Celtic play so much of their football on the deck that this is important. Look at how often we pass the ball from side to side and try to get in behind the opposition defence.

Celtic players celebrate vs Ross County (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The last thing we need is Parkhead cutting up and forcing our passes to go astray or to be loose.

It didn’t matter last night but it’ll be interesting to see how this develops over the coming weeks. Remember, we play Dundee United there again in just under a week. It’s important it’s in as good a shape as possible.

In any case, the game was won last night and that’s all that matters. You wouldn’t expect any different when the Tannadice club visit next week.

In other news, Rangers and Celtic are reportedly keen on a “League One phenom”.