Neil Lennon made one particular post-match Celtic admission last night that should have the likes of Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell alarmed.
The Hoops suffered yet another embarrassing result to go with a string of them this season. Celtic lost 1-0 in the Highlands against Ross County – our second loss to the Staggies this season alone.
The Bhoys undoubtedly had their opportunities on the night. Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard were profligate in the final third. However, it was our set-piece issues that done us in once again. Jordan White’s 71st-minute header was what would ultimately down us.
But any Celtic fan watching Neil Lennon’s post-match interview on Sky Sports and looking for any crumb of comfort will have been left gobsmacked. When asked how things can change at Celtic to halt these defensive msitakes, Lennon gave one of his most worrying answers of the season.
“It’s been a bugbear, it’s certainly been a weakness all season. I can’t change it now. We have a lot of players out but heading the ball is part of the game.
“Defending set plays is part of the game we have not done that anywhere near well enough this season.We can tell them ad nauseam on the training ground, we can set them up ad nauseam but you’ve got to go and want to head the ball in both boxes and we haven’t done that well enough.
“Bitterly disappointed, (my players) are good enough to learn, I don’t know, maybe they don’t want to get hurt or throw their body in the way of things, it’s not good enough.”
Neil Lennon offers Celtic fans no comfort; admission is telling
So there you have it. The manager effectively telling you that he can’t change the deficiencies that have been costing us all season. That nothing he does on the training ground is going to work.
There’s then only one solution if that’s the case. We need to find a manager who CAN change things around. It’s incredibly defeatist from Lennon, which makes it even more bizarre that he still thinks of himself as the right man.
What on earth makes him believe that we should accept such a telling admission? Why should we accept mediocre defending and a boss who has no idea how to change things up?
The idea that the players may not want to get hurt is simply insulting. We’ve seen them throw their bodies on the line to block efforts this season. That excuse isn’t on and again shows the manager is throwing the players under the bus instead of admitting to his own frailties.
Last night’s result won’t have surprised anybody. But majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell must take note of these comments from Lennon.
When you have a manager who clearly has no idea of how to improve a team’s weak spots, it’s time for that manager to go.