Neil Lennon's team-talks bigged up by Hibs star; makes Celtic collapse bemusing

By David Walton

March 4, 2021

Hibs centre-back Darren McGregor has hailed former Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s team-talks despite the Hoops’ collapse this season.

Celtic will miss out on 10-in-a-row this term thanks to horrible mismanagement from Lennon combined with dreadful on-field performances from the players.

The Northern Irishman has been known to manage with his heart on his sleeve. Yet when he returned to Parkhead for his second spell back in February 2019, he stated that he wasn’t “as volatile” [Irish Independent].

However, despite the fact he’s watched over Celtic’s disastrous campaign, Hibs defender McGregor has lauded how “motivational” Lennon is after working under him at Easter Road.

As quoted by Deadline News, McGregor said: “Neil Lennon a lot of the time gave some of the best team talks you’ve ever heard because they were totally off the cuff, unscripted.

“And the same way he could berate you and call every name under the sun, he could also praise you, so you did get a real lift from him as a person and how motivational he was.”

Celtic haven’t seen the fruits of motivational team-talks this season; Hibs star’s insight remains intriguing

Celtic fans must be scratching their heads reading this. If Lennon is such a motivational figure, why on earth have the Hoops stars looked so demotivated this season? Why have they looked leaderless and as if they aren’t playing for a particular cause?

We certainly haven’t seen the results of some of these team-talks Hibs seemingly received. You do wonder, however, whether Lennon is the type of manager more suited to a particular kind of player. A different breed of mentality.

McGregor states that Lennon calls players “every name under the sun” at times. That’s interesting, because that’s not something you can see him getting away with at Celtic. Not in such a cultured and multi-national dressing-room. You do wonder what’s been said behind closed doors after games such as Ferencvaros [BBC]. Matches where Lennon openly questioned the commitment of his players.

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not everyone in the Celtic dressing room will appreciate or respect Lennon’s style at times. That may be what led to him losing so much support from the players.

But it’s interesting to hear McGregor speak so highly of the former Celtic boss. It shows that Lennon does have a future in management at a certain level.

His time in Glasgow, however, will unfortunately always be tainted by what’s been a grim campaign.

In other news, an English-based boss has bigged up Frank Lampard for the Celtic job.