Neil Lennon still won't reconsider his Celtic future; questions players' professionalism

By John McGinley

January 31, 2021

Neil Lennon is not considering his Celtic future, even after yesterday’s dismal 2-1 defeat to St Mirren at Celtic Park.

Jim Goodwin’s side outplayed the Bhoys in the Scottish Premiership match and fully deserved their victory.

It’s just the latest sign that this Celtic project is going nowhere under Lennon and his coaching staff.

Back in October, the manager told supporters that if things deteriorated badly, he would hold his hands up and admit a new direction is needed.

However, in comments to the written press published overnight, Lennon remains defiant.

In fact, he’s doubling down on criticism of his players.

The Scottish Mail on Sunday (31/01 print edition, page 155) reports that Neil Lennon was asked if he would now reconsider his future, to which the reply was: “Not really, no. This is a real test of adversity, and you have got to show strength.

“I want to show strength, but I really need some support and performances from my players. Too many of them have been insipid this season, to say the least.

“Look, whatever walk of life you are in, you need to have a form of professional pride. Especially at a club like this.

“To be fair to the players, over the years they have done, that but it has been sadly lacking this season.”

Celtic must take action on Neil Lennon

This interview is further proof that the disconnect between the manager and the players isn’t salvageable.

I think it’s obvious at this stage that the manager won’t be resigning from Celtic any time soon. The club must take action and pay him off.

Neil Lennon watched over another calamity yesterday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The time for sentiment and navel-gazing over Lennon’s icon status at the club has long gone.

The longer the manager is in charge, the more harm done to this group of players, results, and ultimately the future.

We can’t let Lennon drain us any further.

In other news, the latest on the Ben Davies to Celtic rumour.