Our View: Neil Lennon was correct to laud current Celtic side with praise

By John Reid

March 26, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon recently paid a massive compliment to his players. He claimed that the players’ record in 2020 is as good as any team in world football.

“Our record for 2020 would stand up to any club in Europe or even the world” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“Not the easiest thing to do”

“It’s not the easiest thing to do because teams are set up to stop you scoring or to nullify you in any way they can. So I can’t ask any more of the players.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and captain and Scott Brown / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some might feel that the Hoops boss has gone over the top in his praise for the team. However, we would not agree with those people.

Celtic have merited the praise that Lennon has given them, especially when you consider how poor the team looked in the last game of 2019, the loss to Rangers.

However, the team bounced back in style following the loss, and went on a long winning streak in the league, which gave the Hoops a huge 13 point lead in the Premiership before the league went into lockdown.

Lennon should be giving his players plenty of praise, as they turned what could have been a tough title race into a procession.

Players took pressure off manager

That took pressure off the Hoops boss, who must have been concerned following the loss to Rangers, that the team could be in danger of losing the league title.

Lennon celebrates at Tynecastle (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Thankfully, the players and management team banded together, and the result is that the Hoops seemed certain to win nine in a row before the football lockdown started.

As Lennon points out in his comments, it isn’t easy for the Hoops when they come up against teams who only set out to stifle the game.

Almost always Celtic somehow find a way to win. No wonder Lennon has been so full of praise for his players – and they deserve that credit too.