"Some of it's unfair"; Neil Lennon hits back at furious Celtic criticism and accusation of arrogance

By John McGinley

February 3, 2021

Neil Lennon has addressed the criticism he’s facing as manager of Celtic and accusations that he’s being arrogant or belligerent.

Celtic fans are deeply unhappy with the Bhoys boss and the ongoing problems at the club.

A section of online supporters have even waged war on official social media accounts in an effort to let the club know they want him to leave.

Lennon reckons some of the criticism is unfair and has hit back at suggestions he is showing arrogance with his comments in the media on the situation at Celtic Park.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland last night (20:40), Lennon said: “I can’t control it. I think some of it’s unfair. People say I’m showing an arrogant attitude, I’m not, or I’m belligerent, I’m not.

“I’m just taking perspective on things. It’s been disappointing there’s no question about that, but there have been a lot of mitigating circumstances surrounding that.

“People say that’s an excuse. There’s no way this club and this team have gone from being 13 points ahead at the lockdown to what we’re going through this season without problems behind the scenes.

“Sometimes it’s a difficult thing to manage because this season has not been normal by any stretch of the imagination.”

Neil Lennon will continue to defend himself against Celtic criticism

I’m sure that Lennon doesn’t feel like his actions are harming the club.

Unfortunately though, there seems to be no way back for the Lennon project at Celtic and the quicker we can start to rebuild the better.

I firmly believe his continued employment stands in the way of that, like many others.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Scott Brown / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is the impasse that Lennon and the Celtic fans are at.

The manager thinks he’s right. So he’s going to keep providing comments in the press that upset Celtic supporters who disagree with him until he leaves his position.

Until the decision-makers at Celtic Park take action, that’s what we’re stuck with.

In other news, Neil Lennon has explained why Olivier Ntcham wanted to leave Celtic.