Michael Stewart praises Neil Lennon comments after Celtic loss

By John Reid

February 29, 2020

BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has praised Neil Lennon’s decision not to criticise Jozo Simunovic following the Europa League loss to Copenhagen, the Scottish Sun reports.

The centre-back was at fault for the opening goal in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat which saw the Hoops’ European adventure come to an end.

However, following the loss, Lennon refused to single out Simunovic. “I am not going throw anyone under a bus – we win as a team, we lose as a team” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Herald.

Writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, Stewart has backed Lennon’s actions.

“Need all of his players”

“Jozo Simunovic had a Europa League nightmare the other night. But Neil Lennon was still right not to hang him or anyone else out to dry after the defeat to FC Copenhagen. The Celtic boss is going to need all of his players if his side are to win the Treble. And that includes Simunovic” he said.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in action against Copenhagen / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It is hard to disagree with what Stewart has said. There really is no point in the Hoops boss singling out Simunovic after what was a poor display.

Few of Celtic’s players shone on the night, and it would not make sense for the Hoops boss to point out individual errors in public.

Might he have done that in the dressing room? Perhaps, but as Stewart says, for Celtic to clinch a fourth successive domestic treble, Neil Lennon will need to use all the squad players at his disposal.

Hoops player will feature again this season

Does that mean that Simunovic will start for the Hoops against St Johnstone on Sunday? Perhaps not. However, he will be involved at some stage of the season for the team.

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The player’s confidence does not need to be torn down after a poor performance, he will know himself that he didn’t play well.

That is why Stewart has backed Lennon, and he is right to do so.

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