It appears that everyone has reacted differently to Neil Lennon’s post Rangers vs Celtic comments yesterday.
Lennon spoke to Celtic TV after the match at Ibrox in which the Hoops were dominant. The Parkhead boss made the point that he believed the Hoops to be “sharper, crisper, stronger, and quicker” than their foes.
Despite that, Celtic still slipped to a 1-0 defeat. How they managed it is anyone’s guess, but it happened. Nir Bitton’s red card certainly didn’t help, and that was another subject Lennon was keen to get fired into.
And it’s clear to see what approach Neil was trying to take. He was desperately trying to paint a picture of everything being on the up in Glasgow’s East End. That things were getting back to normal and we had found a system to beat Rangers.
He wasn’t wrong of course. We’ve certainly managed to find a new system that works for the players. As well as that, we seem to have found the personnel to take on Rangers more convincingly.
Do any of the Celtic positives matter anymore?
But none of that feels like it matters anymore. The reason? Celtic are 19 points behind Rangers. The 10 is more or less over barring a monumental collapse from our rivals. All of the positives we can take from the game yesterday feels trivial in the grand scheme.
For many, we needed this to happen in October. We had to find our rhythm before 2021 arrived. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.
Unsurprisingly then, that’s what many fans are disappointed with. That was the idea for many heading into Saturday’s game. If Lennon didn’t win then he was gone in their eyes and there was no retrieving the situation. That’s regardless of whatever kind of performance we decided to put in.
But there are also some who are happy to look on the bright side. Those who believe that the overall display at Ibrox can bring about some real hope of success in this fixture between now and the end of the season. One last chance to fight back against our rivals in 2021.
It remains to be seen what section proves to be right. However, here, we take a look at the general fan reaction to Lennon’s post-match comments:
Same story as always Neil, “we were outstanding.”
Two words, not good enough. https://t.co/7TNynIBCDV
— DC (@dannyclinton22) January 2, 2021
Neil Lennon is spot on here. https://t.co/VCOBYkC5jg
— Douglas Beattie (@DouglasBeattie4) January 2, 2021
— Celtic Now And Forever ☘️ (@celtic_now) January 2, 2021
Christie was outstanding. That’s all I had to hear.
Thanks Neil. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out https://t.co/swaRskMwEx
— Kitson (@Kitson67) January 2, 2021
I know it’s difficult in these games when you see positives but he’s spot on with the majority here. I just watched a side filled with fear after 2 mins against us, this isn’t over. It’s not impossible for us to win the last 2 OF games and them to draw 2 others at least. 💚 https://t.co/m1KEy2uVwK
— Gary (@GaryC88) January 2, 2021
Correct. They play % football. Dreadful in possession and not coached to even try. Everything is down channels and to play off free kicks. Yet, they are bettering us. Rodgers invincible team would take 4/5 off them. That's how far we've slipped.
— TheQuarantineChronicles (@Yossariandantes) January 2, 2021
Thank you for all you have done but it’s time to go and allow someone else to rebuild for next season. HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) January 2, 2021
Same propaganda crap… embarrassing were out league start of January in potentially our biggest season history wise.. board and management..OWN IT .. you shafted us who put in millions to watch TVs… enjoy Dubai so we can compete against Hibs
— hugh donnelly (@DonnellyHugh) January 2, 2021
Can’t listen to him anymore. Massive rebuild needed from top to bottom.
Our biggest season since 67 and its over in January.
— RT (@RRT1996) January 2, 2021