Neil Lennon was back fighting Celtic’s corner on Friday at his pre Hibernian press conference.
The Northern Irishman takes his Hoops side to Leith for tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off as we aim to cut the gap at the top to six points.
Most of the chat over the last couple of weeks has been about the Scottish national team, but Lennon was keen to point out that it’s only Celtic that matter right now.
As he criticised Scotland boss Steve Clarke for playing Ryan Christie in all three international clashes, it was pointed out by the BBC’s Jane Lewis that Christie is clearly just seen as an important player for the national team.
But Lennon wasn’t keen to follow the media’s Scotland narrative, as he pointed out that Celtic are who Christie plays the vast majority of his football for.
Lennon responded: “Jane, he’s important to me.
“He’s important to my club, he’s important to my team, he’s important to my squad.
“He’s been up and down a bit with his consistency and form like many others so I’m hoping now we’ll see a real rich vain of form from him.” (Celtic official YouTube)
Lennon knows that it’s only Celtic that matter now
Lennon was very respectful of Scotland’s achievement of qualifying for Euro 2020.
But he also wanted to hammer home the point that, with the next international break not until March, Celtic are the only show in town right now.
“We want them to focus fully on their Celtic duties now”, was Lennon’s message earlier in the presser as he spoke about his Scotland stars.
Let’s hope that the likes of Christie, Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths return with a real spring in their step following Scotland’s historic achievement.
They need to get right back into work at club level, starting tomorrow at Easter Road.
Thankfully, the trio are pretty dependable players when fit and available.
We just need to see that consistency that Lennon craves.