Celtic boss Neil Lennon has no regrets over some impassioned comments he made 10 years ago after the Hoops suffered an embarrassing Scottish Cup defeat to Ross County, the official Hoops website reports.

Celtic lost 2-0 to the then Championship only a few games into Lennon’s reign as caretaker manager, not long after he had replaced the sack Tony Mowbray.

“This season has been nowhere near good enough. That’s why Tony lost his job – the players we thought would be good enough ultimately were not” Lennon said, as reported by BBC Sport, in the aftermath of the game.


Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Looking back on the comments 10 years on, Lennon feels that they were the right thing to do.

“Seemed to have the desired effect”

“There was a lack of application and attitude on the day, and I came out and said some really strong words, but I meant it, and it seemed to have the desired effect for the rest of the season” Lennon said, as quoted by the official Celtic website.

Title-winning Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Title-winning Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic did win every game that season after Lennon’s comments. He was then appointed Hoops manager in the summer of 2010, and has enjoyed massive success in his two spells as the man in charge at Celtic Park.

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Maybe he wouldn’t have got job but for comments

Maybe he would not have got the job on a permanent basis 10 years ago if it hadn’t been for his impassioned comments after the game.

Perhaps that impressed the men in charge of the club, Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond. Maybe they could see something in Lennon, even though the Hoops suffered a defeat.

It’s a good thing if they did, as Lennon has been a great manager for the Hoops.


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