We’re all getting a bit fed up of them now aren’t we? That was absolutely disgraceful stuff from Celtic as they plummeted to yet another ridiculous low.
Celtic 0-2 Ross County was the scoreline in this one, and it now sees Neil Lennon’s side bow out of the Betfred Cup at the first hurdle. The quadruple treble may well be won next month, but that’s where the consecutive run of 12 domestic trophies will end if we do.
Defeats to AC Milan, Sparta Prague, and even Rangers could be excused for an off day or two. But at home to a side that has only won two away games against Premiership opposition all season is inexcusable.
Two wins in 10. I need to say it again. Two wins in 10. If Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond consider that to be good enough for any Celtic manager, regardless of how cheap they are, then they could do with leaving the club permanently as well.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Lennon has lost 2-0 in a vital match against Ross County in his Celtic career. Nope, the Northern Irishman lost his third game in charge of the Bhoys back in 2010 when his side were bundled out by them at Hampden in a Scottish Cup semi-final.
Back then County were a Championship side, but today’s result is even more unforgivable than that one was.
First off, this is Lennon’s side. Looking through the entire starting XI, the manager brought as many as seven of them in. This is firmly his team, whereas he hadn’t signed a single one of the XI that played against County 10 years ago.
Lennon’s team = Lennon’s responsibility
He’s had more than enough time to instill whatever his footballing philosophy is supposed to be. County shouldn’t be touching Celtic at any stage of any season, but when you’re several months into the campaign, it makes it even more ridiculous.
And thirdly, this clash was at Celtic Park. Our playground. Yet we’re allowing County strut up and win in convincing fashion with plenty to spare. Let’s not kid ourselves that we were a break away from getting back into things. We barely came close to scoring outside of Albian Ajeti smashing the post with a sitter.
Everything about Celtic at the moment stinks. From the team selections to the in-game decisions to the attitude of the individuals on the pitch. All of it is leading to an extremely worrying campaign that threatens to now spiral out of control.
There have been plenty of signs already. But continuing on from his Champions League and Europa League exits, Lennon has now overseen Celtic bow out of three different competitions this season alone. If you could bow out of the league at this stage of the season, we would be close to that too. The season has only been going on for three months.
But today was his newest low. A throwback to the Mowbray days – not even the Deila ones. A day in which he had a chance to firmly start building some form at home to sides in the bottom six.
Instead, he’s managed a fresh embarrassment. His time is up, this is the lowest we’ve been for a decade.