Some Celtic fans have been reacting to Neil Lennon’s warm message to the support yesterday.
The Hoops boss took the time to send out an important statement to the rest of the Celtic family. Communicated through the club’s official website, Lennon urged supporters to stay safe during the current health crisis and to follow official advice.
Scottish football is still in a state of suspension due to the ongoing global pandemic. There remains no end to the worrying saga in sight at the moment, with the UK now effectively in what’s almost a full lockdown (BBC).
And reacting to Lennon’s message from yesterday, some of the support have clearly been missing him during the ongoing pandemic. Here’s a look at some of the reaction:
Miss u Neil come back soon promise I’ll never moan at you again
— Joe McCready (@joe_mccready99) March 24, 2020
I don’t even care that you bring Johnny Hayes on when there’s better options on the bench, I just want you back 😭
— Yoda the jake (@Craig7256) March 24, 2020
Take care Neil and everyone 😊💚🍀
— 🍀💚LindyHoopymammy🍀💚🍀 (@hoopymammy) March 24, 2020
Can’t wait to see all the Bhoys back take care and stay safe 🍀💚⚪
— Kim McCormick (@Kimmccormick34) March 24, 2020
I am sure Neil’s message is intended for all and not just a few (in the grand scheme of things) … it’s not a time to be divisive.
— Vic (@Vic_Auld_Reekie) March 24, 2020
Love and miss you x
— Decky🇮🇪 (@Deckyy67) March 24, 2020
The worst part of Coronavirus is the return of this Celtic Family patter. Please get it binned.
— Chris (@ChrisH9488) March 24, 2020
Scott Brown at the weekend, Jullien yesterday, Lennon today. We need Frimpong and his enthusiasm tomorrow.
— Liam (@LK95_) March 24, 2020
— Kirsteen Mosson (@kirstmosson) March 24, 2020
Lennon sending the right message
For many of us who already know about the restrictions placed on us, the message may feel a bit informative or ineffective. However, for many, seeing Lennon talking about staying safe could still make a difference to their own attitudes – particularly the youth of today.
The fact is that sending messages out like this is important. It sends out the right signals about the current health crisis, and with the influence football figures have on society, it could make a big impact regarding reducing some of the ignorance that remains out there.
We all know there are more pressing concerns than football to be worried about these days. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be banned from talking about our favourite sport. What this virus has done is make us all realise just how much we need football in our lives. You can tell that by some of the replies to Lennon’s statement.
Yet, it’s important for football figures like Lennon to try and make an impact wherever they can in influencing others. This is exactly what the Scottish government’s national clinical director Jason Leitch was encouraging yesterday on Twitter.
Hopefully we get to see Lenny back talking about football matters in the not too distant future. But given we’re in a serious world-wide crisis, it’s rightly on the back burner.