Former Celtic youngster and podcaster Si Ferry has recalled a moment in his young Hoops career when Neil Lennon laid down the law about what it means to represent the club.
Ferry was sent on loan to Swindon Town by Tony Mowbray in 2009 in order to get some first-team action under his belt, returning the next summer in 2010 when Lennon had been installed as manager.
While on loan he gave comments to local reporters about it being a ‘waste of time’ returning to Celtic given he wasn’t likely to feature in the first-team, suggesting he’d rather make a permanent Swindon switch (The Scotsman).
Now, the behind-the-scenes drama of that has been revealed, with Ferry speaking on his podcast this week about how Lennon and his coaching staff were not happy at all with his comments when he returned to Lennoxtown.
Speaking on the 4th February edition of his podcast, Ferry said during an overall conversation about comments players make on loan: “My first day back at pre-season with Celtic we’re doing the bleep test. Straight after the bleep test finished someone said to me Lennon wanted to see me upstairs.
“I’m thinking he’ll be buzzing from how well I did at Swindon, telling me I’ll be playing this year.
“I went into his office and it was him, Garry Parker, Mjallby and Thommo sitting with all the papers on their desk.
“Lennon was like, ‘Who do you think you are? We pay your wages, you never disrespect this club.’ I was shaking.
“It comes back to bite you man.”
Although a humorous anecdote ten years down the line, it does give a bit of insight into the standards Lennon expects from his Celtic players throughout the squad, from young prospects to experienced professionals.
Lennon clearly cares deeply about the Hoops and wants them best represented at all times, even when out on loan and speaking to local journalists!
Ferry would eventually go on to join Swindon permanently alongside Paul Caddis before playing for Portsmouth, Dundee and Peterhead.
More recently though he’s found media fame with his series of brilliant interviews and stories, which you can find on his YouTube channel Open Goal.