Celtic manager Neil Lennon didn’t see much wrong with his side’s performance at home to Ross County on Sunday, speaking in his pre-AC Milan press conference on Wednesday.
Despite losing 2-0 and crashing out of the Betfred Cup, the manager saw positive signs in the display, away from the now par-for-the-course sloppy defending.
Speaking to assembled media via video call, Lennon said: “I didn’t think there was a hell of a lot wrong with the performance.
“We gave a poor goal away from a good position, gave a penalty away and again we’ve switched off for the set play.
“The body language of the players was good. They’re trying to find the solutions, as we all are. But we have to end this run, we have to get back to being consistent.”
Typically bullish stuff from the manager, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a supporter who didn’t see a lot wrong with the performance on Sunday.
It was a dire 90 minutes from Lennon’s side, barely creating any chances beyond an Albian Ajeti effort that hit the frame of the goal, never mind the way they conceded.
If this is the kind of display that is acceptable, then it’s no surprise Celtic currently find themselves in the position they are in – out of Europe, a domestic cup and adrift at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Lennon is past the point of coming out to publicly criticise his players, a ploy he tried earlier in the season to little effect, but a bit of honesty and humility for supporters wouldn’t go amiss surely?
Listen, I am at the acceptance stage with Lennon now. After a couple of days off, away from the website and our YouTube channel, I’m a lot less angry than I was at the start of the week.
The club have made it crystal clear he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so we have to get on with it as fans and hope for the best. I don’t have much hunger for raging into a void.
The manager isn’t helping himself with these tone-deaf press conferences though and, as much as we have to reach out and meet Celtic in the middle, they have to provide us with something to support beyond what we’re getting.