Sky Sports man provides update on Lennon's Celtic future
The Celtic review of Neil Lennon is “ongoing”, according to Sky Sports man Anthony Joseph.
After last night’s dismal draw in Livingston, the Bhoys find themselves with an unsurmountable summit to climb in the league. Celtic were also knocked out of the Europa League in Group stage, while the Betfred Cup brought disaster.
Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor had said that a review would be completed “within a week or so”. That’s been ascertained by reporter Joseph, who recently had his own say on the club’s fortunes.
Celtic’s review of their management team is “ongoing” and an outcome will be reached by the end of the month.
The club gave their full backing to manager Neil Lennon on December 7 and said they would conduct a review in the new year.
Lennon said last night that he won’t resign.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 21, 2021
Celtic review of Lennon unlikely to reach amicable conclusion
Lennon claimed last night that he wasn’t in the mood to resign. He told the BBC:
“I won’t walk away, absolutely not.”
“I’ve put too much into this. Too much of my life. And a month ago we won the treble.
“We’ve lost two games in the league. Europe wasn’t good enough and we’re out of the League Cup. But we’re human beings and we haven’t played well for whatever reason. We can analyse it to death.
“If the club have to make a decision then they have to make a decision. You’re asking the wrong guy about my position. You keep asking if I’m going to be here. I will be until I’m told otherwise.”
Celtic’s SLO had said that a review would be completed “within a week or so”. That’s been ascertained by reporter Joseph, who recently had his own say on the club’s fortunes.
Board silence over Lennon has spoken volumes
This morning, my colleague John McGinley argued that the board’s approach to this debacle has been incredibly unsatisfying.
The board have dithered across many departments this season. Most notably, there was an apology for Dubai, then nothing in response to Neil Lennon completely negating that apology. Now, they’ve got to act in some way about the club’s rotten form, but they’ve kept schtum.
It’s another example of important club news leaking through Sky or an employee being forced into a ridiculous position. Celtic’s SLO Taylor works incredibly hard, and it shouldn’t be him to have announced this. Nor should it be the role of Sky Sports to essentially do press for the club.
We’re in a frankly ridiculous situation. We can only hope that the Celtic higher-ups come to some sort of conclusion, to the benefit of the team. The players may trot out the usual clichés about working hard and ignoring speculation. But they’ll be affected by what’s going on.
Scott Brown’s sending off last night indicated that.
It also means that the club are in no position to spend money in the January transfer window, because they’re not convinced of who should be using those funds. So, we’ll continue to be linked to players who would potentially boost our squad, and nothing will happen.