Celtic coach Gavin Strachan has confirmed this evening that Neil Lennon is due to return to Lennoxtown training on Monday.
Strachan was speaking to Sky Sports at Celtic Park after a 0-0 draw against Livingston.
Explaining the process of players and staff returning, he said: “There’s a group of the isolating lads who are back in tomorrow, which will be supplemented by the substitutes from today’s game.
“The remaining players will be back in on Monday alongside the manager and John Kennedy.”
Neil Lennon has been absent and self-isolating since Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19.
Celtic fans have barely heard from him since a damaging early January defeat to Rangers.
He hasn’t faced any outside media since the aftermath of that clash.
Since then the Dubai debacle has outraged supporters, and his team have stumbled to two more dismal draws in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic are now a massive 20 points behind Steven Gerrard’s side with two games in hand.
Neil Lennon Celtic return is a pointless charade
While it’s good news nobody else appears to have fallen ill to Covid-19, including Lennon, his return to Lennoxtown really does feel pretty pointless.
It’s now hard to find a supporter who still has faith in the ongoing Lennon project at Celtic.
If he doesn’t leave the club this week, he is surely on his way out at the end of the season?
With no other communication from the club, continuing with him in charge is a complete charade and pretends this season is still salvageable.
If I hear any of the coaching staff or players talk about how they can still catch Rangers in the league, I’ll tear my hair out.
The club now need to do three things:
- Apologise to supporters for messing up what could have been a historic season, after record-breaking backing from fans.
- Tell supporters what they plan to do with the manager position – whether that’s Lennon until the end of the season, a caretaker or a quick, bold new appointment.
- Embark on a review of Celtic’s long-term ambitions and tell us what those are and the strategy in place to achieve them.
I won’t be holding my breath of course, considering the way Celtic have treated fans this season.
Far more likely is the usual deafening silence as the club and team blunder their way to a new crisis.