Neil Lennon needs to move on from Celtic nightmare
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.
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…
Following Neil Lennon’s plea to manage in Israel, he takes to the pages of The Sun to claim that Celtic players didn’t always play when fit?— Paul John Dykes (@PaulJohnDykes) October 10, 2021
He reckons he could “smell it.”
The only thing I can smell is the odious stench of desperation.https://t.co/t2EL9wG1na via @herecelts
Any legacy he had left after last season he’s been constantly chipping away at in the media this season. He just comes across as bitter and incorrigible now. Won’t be long till he’s thought of in the same way as Charlie Nicholas or Andy Walker.— Seanbhoy (@SeanDiver6) October 10, 2021
I get the impression he’s not taking full responsibility for his inept management at Celtic…— Siobhean 🖤 (@SiobheanG) October 10, 2021
Someone should have a word here and say getting paid by The Sun to stick the boot into Celtic months after people just want to forget your part in blowing a historic season isn’t a good look.And proof positive the term legend is often used in error— Fr Hiroshima Twinkie (@Redbhoy1888) October 10, 2021
Quite sad all this bleating in public Neil silence is golden .Don’t tarnish the good things you did for Celtic.— James Cairney (@yenriacsemaj) October 10, 2021
Give us all a break Neil , move on and drop the trash talk!!— Optical Lighting (@opticallighting) October 10, 2021
He’s just winding up the Celtic support, it’s a deliberate campaign that comes from a very dark place in his ego. He seems determined to burn all bridges with the support, and I’m fine with that.— Joe (@JGS1888) October 10, 2021
It’s getting tiresome now. Excuses but no accountability from Lennie— J D 🏴 (@WhosOnFirstWho) October 10, 2021