Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell has hailed Neil Lennon’s attitude and class in recent weeks, despite the ongoing crisis at Celtic.
The Hoops boss has come under a growing barrage of criticism for a string of bad results and a longer run of toothless performances. The club even slumped to a new low in yesterday’s 2-0 Betfred Cup defeat to Kettlewell’s side, which could be Lennon’s last game in charge at Parkhead (Scottish Sun).
The big concern for all Celtic supporters is the fact that there’s been no improvement over the last two months. No signs that there’s going to be a major turning point in the near future, and that will be essential for our 10-in-a-row push.
But even so, Kettlewell provided an alternative view of Lennon that not many have been pushing lately. Speaking in comments published by the Glasgow Times after his club’s historic success yesterday, the County man said the following on his Parkhead counterpart:
“Neil Lennon is a guy I have a huge amount of respect for. You speak about conducting yourself with class, and about how people treat you as a manager.
“Sometimes people can look at you and doubt you but I know from the dealings I’ve had with Neil he has been nothing but class. He has offered up a few words of wisdom for me.
“I think he has done an absolutely brilliant job with this football club. I know if I am under a bit of pressure with bad results then that is magnified at a club like Celtic. I think the guy has done a terrific job and I have so much respect for him.”
Lennon’s part in Celtic’s history should never be downplayed
His performances as a manager this season leave a lot to be desired, but it’s important to remember all that Lennon has achieved since taking over from Tony Mowbray back in 2010.
He’s won a staggering five of the nine-in-a-row run we’ve been on, as well as three Scottish Cups and one Betfred Cup. That’s not including his two qualifications to the Champions League and one-time run to the last-16 back in the 2012/13 campaign.
That’s not even including the mark he left on the club as a player too. It’s so easy to forget all of his achievements at Celtic as they get overshadowed by the sheer desire to secure the 10. That’s understandable, but he’s more than earned his place as a legend of the club.
Perhaps he feels a responsibility to guide us to the 10, and that in itself is also understandable. But there comes a point where if Lennon wants to continue serving the club in the best way possible, he needs to hand over the baton to a manager more suited and capable of getting the job done at this point.
Things have gone stagnant at Celtic. Unfortunately, whether the manager likes it or not, he’s played a big part in that. Not all of it, but a major one. That’s undeniable, and we have to look beyond our respect and admiration for Lennon to secure the best long-term decision for the club.
Kettlewell’s comments are a reminder of what Lennon has achieved in the past at Parkhead. Hopefully, that continues to be remembered when he departs.