For those eagle-eyed observers, you will have noticed a strange Twitter decision taken by Celtic this afternoon.
The Hoops have, for years now, consistently kept supporters updated with press conferences. Whenever Neil Lennon is speaking to the media live, we’re met with plenty of live tweets.
This is usually on a variety of different subjects too. It’s a great primary source for things such as team news or Lennon’s thoughts on the opposition. Or pretty much anything pressing at the club.
The tweets won’t contain everything the manager says, but they’re short quotes on the main talking points. This has been done going back to Ronny Deila’s days.
However, many will agree with me when I say today was not another regular presser. Neil Lennon slammed the media and Scottish Government for what he called “hypocrisy” over the club’s trip to Dubai. Neil was extremely defensive, and had a wave of worrying anger to him this afternoon.
My colleague John McGinley couldn’t have put it any better. Lennon’s approach this afternoon was concerning and he needs tkaen out of the spotlight. But even Celtic clearly knew this was no regular press conference.
No Twitter updates from Celtic; YouTube video in no rush to be published either
Today, for the first time in a long time, Celtic chose not to update fans on the presser. It’s anyone’s guess as to why. Chances are they knew it was going to be explosive and didn’t feel like tweeting some of the stuff Lennon was saying would be a good look.
And no wonder. The Hoops boss has had a pop at everyone. Don’t be surprised if the club is keen to stress that these are Neil’s views as opposed to those at the football club.
At the time of writing, the YouTube video has yet to go up either. Celtic, as well as their Twitter updates, usually have a video of the entire presser on hand to release to supporters later on in the afternoon. We’ve still to get a view of everything that went down earlier.
Celtic will likely publish the video at some stage. It’s not totally unlike them to leave it until later on in the evening. But even so, they’ve been in no rush to get it up today. In fact, the club’s official media channels have been totally ignoring the conference altogether.
The last tweet sent out that was football-related were the ones containing post-match interviews from Gavin Strachan and Callum McGregor after the Livingston draw. Things have gone silent on the club’s socials, and that’s just a sign of where we’re at just now.
It remains to be seen if the full press conference is released to the Celtic support tonight. It wouldn’t be surprising if the higher-ups stepped in and decided to give this one a miss.