Neil Lennon had some interesting remarks to make about Celtic’s defeat to Rangers that shows that he has learned from the Hoops’ loss to Ferencvaros earlier this season.
As everyone probably remembers, Lennon wasn’t happy with his players after the defeat which saw Celtic’s hopes of reaching the Champions League end for another season.
Indeed, he stated that some players didn’t want to be at the club after the game.
“There are some players who may want to leave and have made inroads into that in the last six months or so…I have just put this out there because it has been bugging me for a long, long time” Lennon said after the Ferencvaros game, as reported by the Evening Times.
However, when dealing with the derby loss, Lennon was a lot more considered.
“That’s on me”
“We weren’t very good, particularly in the second half, on Saturday and that’s on me. I have to take responsibility for the performance, not the players” Lennon said, as reported by BBC Sport.
Those comments would have gone down well with the players, insofar as players can ever be satisfied with a defeat. The comments show that Lennon is taking full responsibility for the loss, and is not blaming the players, which seemed to be what he was doing against Ferencvaros, to an extent.
Manager told it like it was
It was a mature response from Lennon to the derby. He didn’t try and sugar coat the performance, he told it like it was. The team didn’t perform well, and he takes the blame for that. It is a refreshing comment in all honesty.
More comments like that will see both the players, and the fans rally round the Hoops boss in what has been a difficult period for the club.
Celtic are more than capable of bouncing back from the loss to Rangers, and Lennon’s comments might be a first step towards that.
In other news, on loan Celtic striker Vakoun Bayo has suffered an injury.