Celtic support left amazed with Neil Lennon irony after his Northern Ireland analysis

By David Walton

October 13, 2021

Celtic fans have been left gobsmacked by Neil Lennon failing to see the irony in his brutal Northern Ireland analysis last night.

Lennon went on a rant after his nation lost 2-1 in Bulgaria to end their World Cup qualifying hopes. The result and performance led to the former Celtic manager calling the in-game management of Ian Baraclough “pathetic” as he labelled the performance “abysmal” [Sky Sports].

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The performance was a poor one from Northern Ireland as they failed to hold on to their one-goal advantage. Inviting Bulgaria on to them in the second half, they showed little going forward in a toothless 45-minute period.

However, there was more than a tinge of irony in hearing Lennon go all out on Baraclough. Especially when you consider his own bemusing in-game managerial decisions last season.

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Lennon would often make some of the most bizzare substitutions Celtic fans have seen in recent memory. He would leave strikers on the bench and use number 10s up top instead. He would chop and change his defence around instead of going with one consistent pairing.

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Not to mention the football last season was as “passive” as it gets. Lennon is happy to go all in on Northern Ireland, but he can’t see that all he’s doing is analysing his own team from last season.

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You have to wonder how Lennon has been able to see the problems with Northern Ireland yet be so oblivious when at Celtic. See, it’s not that Lennon was wrong last night, he was actually spot on. The issue is that he was carrying out the same standard of decision-making during his time at Parkhead.

It was also a touch harsh on Baraclough. You expect a bit of help and sympathy from fellow managers who are out of work after a result like yesterday. You would think Lennon was looking for the gig or something…

Regardless, here’s a look at how gobsmacked fans reacted to his oblivious Northern Ireland rant last night:

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