Neil Lennon wants to get Celtic fans off their seats this season

By Hamish Carton

June 6, 2019

Neil Lennon has hinted that he wants his Celtic team to play an entertaining brand of football next season.

The Northern Irishman may have guided the side safely to an end of season double during his four months as interim boss but he still came in for huge criticism for the style of football being played.

The Hoops only scored 20 goals in their 14 matches under Lennon. They also failed to hit the back of the net in four separate matches. The 47-year-old admits that’s something he’s looking to sort ahead of the new campaign.

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“It’s also a challenge, and one that I’m really looking forward to”, he told the Daily Record. “I don’t think we need to change things too much.”

“I’d like us to be a little more forward-thinking in terms of our build-up play at times.

“I’d like to get some more players in who will get us off our seats, because that’s what the public demand.”

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Performances matter too

Results are, and always will be, of paramount importance at Celtic. They are what Lennon will be judged on in real-time and in the history books.

However, entertainment is also crucial at a club like Celtic. Season ticket holders pay good money at the start of each season and they demand to be entertained on a fortnightly basis. Celtic managed that under Brendan Rodgers last season although their displays did falter near the end of the campaign.

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A Lennon myth

Neil Lennon doesn’t build boring teams. The man from Lurgan likes to excite fans with speedy wingers, dynamic midfielders and guys who can put the ball in the net.

His side will aim to get the ball forward quicker than Brendan Rodgers but that’s not always a bad thing. Just because Lennon is moving away from the keep-ball strategy adopted by Rodgers doesn’t mean that his teams won’t be as entertaining.

Lennon has served his apprenticeship last season. He now has a chance to build his own team and get them performing how he sees fit. The Celtic Park paying public and the wider support may be in for a real treat this season.