Chris Sutton cannot see the positives that Neil Lennon was talking about after Celtic were defeated 4-2 by AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Bhoys boss gave an interview to Celtic TV in the aftermath of the fixture in which he said: “We’ve got to take something from the game. We’ve played a quality side and caused them problems, but against quality opposition, we really need to be getting that third goal. I’m proud of them and the character they showed after Sunday.”
Many Celtic supporters didn’t want to hear that kind of chat after blowing a two-goal lead, feeling that Lennon was again glossing over a truly horrendous run of form.
The replies to the Celtic tweet promoting the interview were fierce and of a large volume.
Sutton has defended his old pal and teammate many times this season, but it seems that even he is beginning to see through the propaganda.
Writing in his Daily Record column today, the former striker said: “Neil Lennon spoke about seeing signs of the real Celtic in the San Siro with the way they scored a couple of goals and made other chances.
“Fair enough, I’ll accept that side of the game was an improvement on what had gone on in the previous matches against Sparta Prague and Ross County, especially the Betfred Cup game when Celtic were lethargic and toothless.
“But how on earth can you be positive when a 2-0 lead disappears in the blink of an eye and you get beat 4-2? If what happened in Italy is a reason for positivity, then Celtic really are in the deepest trouble.”
I actually wrote in defence of Lennon’s interview yesterday, feeling that he is entitled to take any positives right now. But Sutton doesn’t miss with his comments, and he would go on to say more in opposition to the manager.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he concluded: “The buck stops with Neil. He’s the boss and he needs to sort them out. But, although he might be trying to keep the players onside by talking about positives and trying to lift morale, no one else believes it. They believe their own eyes. And they don’t see much to be positive about.”
It’s hard to argue against.
For me, it’s quite clear this team are going nowhere fast under the current coaching and management regime.
The Celtic fans’ voices are not being heard right now, as The Green Brigade skillfully displayed yesterday.
So we stumble on to Sunday against St Johnstone, where the result could again spark drama at the club.
Hopefully, it’s a routine win, and we can all take a breath before more tests ahead during this month and next.