Lennon admits he doesn't know why Celtic are struggling; time to go

By David Walton

December 7, 2020

The most worrying remark Neil Lennon made after the St Johnstone draw yesterday was undoubtedly when he stated that he didn’t know why Celtic were struggling for performances.

The Hoops made it just two wins in 12 as they slumped to a dreadful 1-1 draw against Callum Davidson’s side at Parkhead. The point meant that Lennon’s side now sit 13 points behind Rangers with only two games in-hand.

But whilst the result was concerning, the performance itself was equally so. It was the same timid display that we’ve seen far too often under Lennon this season, with barely any acceptable displays being given to the support.

And Lennon all but showed his time is up yesterday when he finally admitted that he simply didn’t know what was causing us to perform so outrageously.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lennon said: “We thought we had the atmosphere right. They are just playing within themselves a little bit. I don’t know why because there are no fans here.

“There is no reason to get antsy or tentative. We want them all to be positive.

“But there is something missing, that little break or that bit of magic. We are just not playing with that real drive and oomph. We are lacking that at the minute in a lot of our play.”

If the manager doesn’t know then what’s the point?

Lennon’s comments here just prove that it’s time for a resh regime at Parkhead. The club shouldn’t be sticking with any managerial team that doesn’t know why their team isn’t playing well.

That means there isn’t a plan in place here. You would expect your manager to have some idea as to how to arrest our slump. Lennon has pretty much told us here that he has no idea what to do next.

That must have serious alarm bells ringing in the boardroom because the supporters’ ones have been ringing for a long time. Even Lennon himself must now be wondering what it’ll take for him to get the boot.

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

You can point to the lack of fans and question whether their absence is having a serious effect, but that shouldn’t be stopping a team of Celtic’s quality from putting teams like St Johnstone and Ross County to the sword. Those are new depths unfortunately.

However, it’s interesting that Lennon says he doesn’t know why we’re playing so poorly when he fails to change his starting XI. Still the underperformers such as Scott Brown, Kristoffer Ajer, Callum McGregor, and Odsonne Edouard keep their place in the side, regardless of how poor they look.

That needs to change with so much talent sitting on the Celtic bench and waiting for an opportunity. But it’s becoming clear they won’t be getting it under Lennon.

In other news, one player Celtic reportedly scouted sent a message to the Hoops yesterday.