Neil Lennon defends stuttering Celtic performances

By Hamish Carton

May 24, 2019

Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has defended his side’s inconsistent performance levels during his second spell at the club.

The Hoops may have won nine, and lost just one of their 13 matches since the Northern Irishman returned but they’ve still received criticism for the manner of their performances.

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Celtic have only scored three goals on two occasions under Lennon but, ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, the manager has defended his record.

He told the BBC: “If I had gone in and changed things and it hadn’t worked, I would’ve been making a huge mistake. It was important to get the players over the line, win the league.

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“The training, everything, we kept the same. You’ve got to put the players first. It’s an important piece of the club’s history that they could achieve here.”

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History will remember Lennon fondly

Celtic are about two things: winning and style. Many have argued for years over what is most important and most symbolic of the club but the reality is that it’s the former.

If the club taste glory at Hampden against Hearts then history will remember Lennon fondly. In decades people won’t remember the dull performances against Dundee, Hibernian or Livingston. What they will remember are the trophies won and the history made.

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Celtic are on the brink of a treble treble and Neil Lennon is as much a part of that as his predecessor. If the Northern Irishman had changed things up drastically in his first week then the team may not have come through their double header in Edinburgh unscathed. They may not have found the guts to beat Rangers in March or thump Aberdeen at Hampden in April.

By keeping things the same Lennon has helped take Celtic through a really challenging period. Winning the Scottish Cup would be his crowning glory.