One of Lennon's closest allies has seen enough of his Celtic tenure

By David Walton

January 17, 2021

Neil Lennon’s Celtic tenure has certainly divided many, but one of his closest allies in John Hartson has now seen enoigh.

Hartson seemed undetachable from the pro-Lennon camp initially. The big Welsh hero has been a consistent backer of his good pal even through some dark days. Hartson typifies loyalty when it comes to Lennon, and really has shown his class in giving the current boss every chance to turn things around.

However, it’s now become indefensible. 21 points behind Rangers (albeit with three games in hand). Out of the Betfred Cup thanks to a home defeat to Ross County. Out of Europe after only winning one of six Europa League games. Allowing the team to go to Dubai during a pandemic and it subsequently being the fault of four more dropped points.

The fans have long had enough of the recruitment and the results this season. And Hartson now isn’t any different as he called for the Celtic board to make a decision on Neil’s future now.

“Needs done now”

Speaking on Ten10Podcasts’ Celtic Instant Reaction show (16/01), Hartson said: “They have to give another manager the opportunity to run the club now. The club need to put down a statement and say they need to change it, whether Neil goes at the end of the season or he goes now.

“It’s a tough call for me to say it, but it needs done now because it needs fresh faces in there and it needs a new team. Whoever the new manager will be, he needs his own team – his own assistants and his own goalkeeping coach.

“I send Neil best wishes and good luck every time when he needs it, but to lose a league in such a big, big season like they have. At the end of the day, a load of the players – not just myself, but Chris Sutton, Stan Petrov, Thommo, myself, Henrik – we all love Neil Lennon. But I do genuinely think that with the situation in the league, change is needed from the bottom right up to the top.”

Neil Lennon’s Celtic tenure has lost some of its main backers

Hartson isn’t the only one to join in with what the fans have been saying for months. Chris Sutton is another who believes that Lennon’s time in charge of the club should be up (Glasgow Times).

Mainstream journalists have also admitted to Celtic’s recent decline. The likes of Tom English, who had a pop at the Celtic fans back in October for scrutinising Lennon (BBC), appeared to admit last week that change was needed.

This long-held view from the supporters is now being felt by everyone else. By other mainstream media outlets, and by Lennon’s closest allies. That tells its own story.

What will happen at Celtic next? / (Photo by Gary Hutchison / SNS Group via Getty Images)

It appears the only group of people who don’t believe Lennon should go is the Celtic board. Of course, they would be the most important group with regards to who makes the decision. Why a decision hasn’t been made before now is anyone’s guess.

Rangers’ 1-1 draw at Fir Park today should’ve been an opportunity for Celtic. A chance to claw some points back and get some nerves going at Ibrox. Instead, they’ll have been chuckling away on the bus back to Glasgow. They know we’re absolutely nowhere near them in the league and they can still afford plenty more days like this.

And that all boils down to the fact Celtic have refused to make a change in the dugout. Hartson joining the calls for Lennon to go is just the latest piece of vindication for the supporters.

In other news, a Celtic-linked defender who reportedly wants a move to Parkhead absolutely shone today.