Neil Lennon needs to move on from Celtic nightmare

By John McGinley

October 10, 2021

It seems we can barely go a week these days with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon weighing in on what went wrong last season and how he wasn’t to blame.

He’s been giving interviews for months on the 2020/21 disaster, consistently throwing his players under the bus and making excuses for what was ultimately his responsibility.

The worst thing about today’s rant in The Scottish Sun is that it’s nothing he hasn’t said before.

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He told the paper: “We’d won nine titles in a row — four Trebles — and some players just got to the end of the road. You could see it pre-season, the body language, they weren’t with us. You could smell it.

“Some players were, I wouldn’t say feigning injury, but they could have played and didn’t. This eats into the dressing room.

“You’ve got great pros like Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, unbelievably successful, being dragged down by guys who don’t want to be there.”

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We’ve heard it all previously from the former midfielder. About how lockdown threw plans into chaos. About the wantaway players. None of it matters anymore.

Celtic have moved on. We’re in a new era. The pain of last season is passing.

Neil Lennon has to move on too. The sooner he lands another job in management, or a regular media gig not based on Scottish football, the better.

He seems to be caught in a limbo of being constantly asked about last term and delivering predictable answers that are of no benefit to the Celtic support. It’s really only re-opening old wounds.

We get it. You don’t think you were to blame for last season, Neil. That’s fine. But do we really need to pore over it every few weeks?

He’s in serious danger of further tarnishing his reputation with supporters with every outburst.

Fans are rapidly growing tired of it if the reaction on social media is anything to go by, with this lot taking to Twitter today to sum up much of the mood and it speaks for itself…

In other news, Celtic hero Petrov shuts up Charlie Nicholas with very classy response to bizarre Tweet.