St. Johnstone have responded to Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s accusation of the club having “crammed” conditions.
During his tirade, Lennon had complained about the conditions of other stadia around the league. He claimed hypocrisy on the part of league opposition, specifically in regards to facilities.
Lennon had said (Glasgow Times):
“Show me anyone who is doing the right things.
“When we played Hibs we had to bus six players in two buses because we were told now that is the way it has to be.
“Three people on a 52 seater bus. That has not been going on throughout the season.
“We go to St Johnstone all crammed into a little dressing room. Inconsistent.
“As soon as Celtic are deemed to do something wrong then bang. You are all wanting blood. It is absolutely scandalous.”
St. Johnstone respond to Celtic boss claims
Now, much like Hamilton before, the Saints have fired back at Lennon’s comments, defending their facilities.
In a statement issued by the club, St. Johnstone directly responded to Celtic manager Lennon’s comments.
🚨BREAKING: St Johnstone are hitting back at Neil Lennon’s claims about their matchday protocols during his media conference yesterday.
💬 “St. Johnstone Football Club is extremely disappointed with the completely inaccurate and unfounded comments about our facilities”. pic.twitter.com/som4y2Jom4
— Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) January 19, 2021
The statement said:
“St. Johnstone Football Club is extremely disappointed with the completely inaccurate and unfounded comments about our facilities made yesterday by Neil Lennon, the Celtic FC manager, in a media conference.
“We provide one of the largest away team changing areas in the league. Every team, including Celtic, is also provided with a large area for team meetings.
“We follow all protocols and guidance to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials.
“When Celtic FC visited McDiarmid Park on October 4th for an SPFL Premiership match, we made sure their every request and requirement was met. Celtic viewed all of our facilities before the game and no issues were raised. No issues were raised with us after the game.
“All during this challenging period of the past nine months, our Football Club has maintained adherence to the highest of standards. Indeed, the SPFL delegates have commended us on our work during this campaign.”
Celtic are making needless enemies
With the Bhoys’ confusing PR strategy, it’s hard to know what we’ll hear next from the club. St. Johnstone and Celtic had hitherto enjoyed a pretty cordial relationship.
Over the last week, the club have gone from stubborn, to apologetic, to explosive. It’s genuinely hard keeping up with what the official message from the club is.
With the potential of a null and void vote, this isn’t the time to be making enemies. It’s bad form, to be quite honest, and it’s needless animosity that the club are creating.
St. Johnstone won’t be the last to blast Celtic this week. That much should be abundantly clear.
Yes, we complained when the club went quiet after Dubai. However, those feel like halcyon days in comparison to the noise of the last week.
We’re sure other clubs will respond to Neil Lennon’s now-infamous press conference, as this story rumbles on.