Neil Lennon is using an infamous example from his days as a Celtic player to inspire his under-fire Hoops stars.
It is fair to say that the likes of Christopher Jullien, and especially Boli Bolingoli have not had it easy since joining the club, and the fans have at times got on their backs.
However, Lennon has admitted that he told the players that always happens at a team like Celtic which has such high expectations.
He used the example of when he was booed by the Celtic Park crowd for making a back pass in the UEFA Cup semi-final against Boavista in 2003, as an example of what can happen.
“I brought that pass back up today for them. I wasn’t too chuffed about the reaction to that one” Lennon said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“An instinctive reaction”
“They don’t mean it. It is an instinctive reaction at times because they want the team to do well. While it is not nice, you just have to accept it sometimes and deal with it.”
Once the players get used to the pressure of playing for Celtic, it will only improve their performances. The duo turned in possibly their best performances for Celtic in the 2-0 win over AIK.
Perhaps Lennon’s comments inspired them. When it comes to demand from the support, Celtic are like few other clubs.
Support sometimes unsatisfied even after a win
When the team draws or loses a game, it is usually a crisis. Even some performances when the Hoops have won a game are not enough for fans.
The sooner new signings, who aren’t used to Scottish football, learn about the expectations the better. Therefore, Lennon’s comments look to have worked, in the short-term at least.
It remains to be seen if the duo will continue their decent form. If they do, it could be thanks to the pep talk Lennon gave.