Chris Sutton fully acknowledges that Neil Lennon is on borrowed time at Celtic if current form continues, but has refused to back down from his verbal attack on fan group The Green Brigade earlier this week.
As you’ll know, the ‘group in the corner’ displayed a banner outside Celtic Park on Wednesday, calling for Lennon to leave the club.
Accompanied by a thought-provoking statement, it drew praise from many supporters and fierce criticism from others.
Sutton took to The Daily Record Celtic podcast to dub them ‘idiots’ and label them ‘disrespectful’.
Despite now joining the many fans sceptical about Lennon’s role as manager, he’s refused to row back on his comments, defending himself in his weekly column today.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I’ve taken a bit of flak this week for saying the Green Brigade’s move to hold up a banner outside out the stadium was reprehensible.
“That fact has not changed. I’m not backing down from that. It was reprehensible to do such a thing against someone who has given so much to the club over two decades and put his heart and soul into it.
“But if those who had a pop had actually bothered listening to all of what I said, I made it clear that fans had every right to be concerned. There was justified criticism out there. I’ve been critical myself.”
My colleague Euan Davidson has already written about the topic this week, pointing out that our ex-players criticising supporters is a bit of order.
Disagreeing with the Green Brigade is fine, but labelling them idiots and such strikes me as unnecessary. These are the fans that once adored the men who earned a good wage from the club.
The fan group were not abusive or cruel to Lennon in their statement calling for him to leave.
Sutton notoriously doesn’t hold back with his views, but perhaps a bit of humility is required here? Celtic fans have been calling it as they see it on Lennon for weeks, despite media campaigns ensuring us everything was okay.
Reprehensible? That’s a bit over the top for me. Nobody is enjoying any of this and the Green Brigade have shown plenty of support to Lennon and his team this season, including turning at Lennoxtown at dawn to set-up a brilliant pre-derby display.
They have as much right to air their opinion as anyone.