Neil Lennon answers questions on Celtic future; video shows interview walk out

By John McGinley

February 22, 2021

Neil Lennon answered questions on his Celtic future last night before walking out of a BBC Scotland interview.

Lennon’s on-air relationship with reporter Rob MacLean was a frosty one last night, both before and after the match.

We’ve already covered his pre-match interview, during which he was asked a pretty impossible to answer Rangers question.

His post-match discussion with MacLean was more eventful still.

Lennon was asked if a big rebuild is now required a Celtic, to which the Bhoys boss replied: “Yes, I would say so, yes.”

Asked if he was the man to conduct that rebuild, Lennon said: “I’ve done it before. I don’t see why not.”

MacLean then enquired whether or not there is clarity from the club on his future, the manager responded: “Well, yes, so far, I’ve not been told anything otherwise, so I carry on my duties as normal.

“I love this job, I love the club, and I’ve had a lot of success. This has been a difficult season, in more ways than one, football and non-football reasons, so yes, you always want to rebuild and go again.”

The interview would fall apart from there as the BBC man asked pretty fair questions about whether this was the end of an era at Celtic.

Lennon eventually walked away and refused to answer any more questions, which you can see from the video footage on BBC Scotland.

Celtic silence invites tough Neil Lennon interviews

It’s all more evidence that the Celtic boss is growing more and more tired with the line of questioning from journalists. He expanded on that in a conversation with print journalists over the weekend, as we’ve discussed on 67 Hail Hail.

However, most of the questions being asked of Lennon and Celtic this season are pertinent and of interest to supporters.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fans need answers. Given the way Celtic work, the media serve as one of our only routes to getting those.

It’s also true though that Celtic have not indicated he will be leaving his post as manager. That’s something the club need to do as a priority, regardless of what decision they make.

The continued silence is inviting media interviews like this one.

In other news, John Hughes knew exactly how to beat Celtic last night.