The board have shown no consideration for the wider Celtic support in keeping Neil Lennon

By David Walton

December 1, 2020

Even if the Celtic hierarchy are indeed trying to prove a point to Sunday’s protestors, they should be ashamed at their game of one-upmanship with the wider support.

I get the whole situation is tricky for the club and that they may be trying to come across as strong in the face of damaging scenes at Parkhead on Sunday.

However, when it comes to the Lennon’s gig, this isn’t a decision that only affects those who went to Parkhead after the weekend’s embarrassing defeat to Ross County. This is a decision that has a massive impact on all of us as Celtic supporters, and it’s that section of the fanbase that Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell are forgetting about.

What about the supporters who put their hard-earned cash into buying season books for a campaign where they may not even get to step one foot into the stadium? What about the fans who decided not claim refunds to season-ticket money they were entitled to last season?

Do these fans not deserve to be treated with a bit more respect when it comes to Lennon’s position? Are we not affected by it? You can’t look at the protests and then make a decision that’s going to have a massively negative effect on the club as a whole just to prove a point. Alan Stubbs believes that’s exactly what happened (Scottish Sun), but I seriously hope that’s not the case. That would be even scarier to comprehend.

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If Desmond gave Lennon some extra time in order to give off the impression his hand hasn’t been forced, then shame on him. He’s totally ignoring the pleas and demands of some of his most loyal customers – which is what Celtic clearly sees us all as.

By keeping Neil, we risk trickling into a period of the season that can be defined as “too late”. It’s no use sacking Lennon in January after a derby defeat to Rangers that sees us drop 14/17 points behind them in the league.

It’s at that stage you’re asking Lennon’s successor to produce an absolute miracle. Putting that weight of expectation on any newcomer would be totally unfair.

Celtic fans haven’t been given access to Parkhead this season / (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Whereas, if the club decided to take action yesterday and told Lennon his time was up, there was a chance to build up a feel-good factor ahead of next month’s Rangers clash. There was an opportunity for he manager to have a good look at his squad before January to see what additions he feels he would need.

But nah, the Celtic board have decided against it. And in doing so, they’ve shown absolutely zero care or consideration for the wider Celtic support who are fed up of how this club is operating.

Here’s a look at some of the fan reaction to the news that Lennon will be staying a touch longer: