What is least surprising: Celtic falling to another woeful European defeat against a side we should be beating? Or another former Hoops star coming out and defending Neil Lennon?

That’s probably a tough question to answer. But, luckily, we got a taste of both on Thursday night.

As Lennon’s disjointed side fell to a crushing 4-1 home loss to Sparta Prague, it was Paddy McCourt who leapt to the defence of his former gaffer.

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Former Celtic man Paddy McCourt

Former Celtic man Paddy McCourt / (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

And the out-of-touch message didn’t go down too well with vast swathes of the Hoops faithful who have, quite simply, had enough.

McCourt tweeted: “Disappointing night tonight but still only one game away from the quadruple treble and still well in the race for 10 titles in a row.”

While both of those statements are true, it simply didn’t wash with the online Celtic support.

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Here’s what some of them had to say.

Sparta Prague thrashed us on Thursday

Sparta Prague thrashed us on Thursday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

 

It hurts to say it, but change is needed now

I’m trying really hard to back Neil Lennon here.

I love him. He’s contributed so much to Celtic over the past two decades in so many different roles.

I can’t help but feel that time has caught up badly with him here, though.

Any other manager would be gone at this stage – after one win in six, and awful home defeats to Rangers, Ferencvaros and Sparta Prague in three months at the start of this season.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Add that to the Copenhagen and Cluj fiascos from last year and you’ve got five strikes. That’s far too many.

Sadly though, Lennon isn’t going anywhere in the next while. Even if we drop points at Motherwell on Sunday he will be kept on in the false hope that he can turn things around.

We’re too far gone now. Ten in-a-row looks a long way off at present.

Something has to change or we’re going to be cursing one of the worst seasons in the club’s history.

In other news, Moi Elyounoussi has apologised for his use of his phone on the Celtic bench last night

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