Neil Lennon made two key points that may alarm Celtic fans

By Euan Davidson

June 22, 2021

Celtic will have surely been listening to Neil Lennon on TalkSPORT this morning.

After all, the ex-Celtic boss was full of praise for Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond. He even said he “wouldn’t swap [his] time at Celtic for anything”. From many perspectives, they’ll have been relatively happy with what they heard from their former manager.

But he did make reference to a weakness of Celtic’s, that hasn’t yet been sorted. The club still don’t have a Director of Football, Sporting Director or whatever you choose to call the job. In fact, since Nick Hammond left the club in March, the role, whether named officially or otherwise, has been vacant.

That’s a concern. For a reminder, Lennon said [TalkSPORT]:

“He’ll want to get his own players in. Celtic need to get a head of recruitment or Director of Football in to help Ange out with players. Recruitment’s going to be important for him.

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“But I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone’s making it out to be. There’s still a good core of players there. There were a few who wanted to leave, whether he can get them back onside for this season…”

Yes, it’s a point oft-repeated. But now even Neil Lennon is saying it. That really ought to spur the club into action, if nothing will.

Neil Lennon is right, and Celtic need to act soon

Again, we have barely any time before our Champions League qualifiers against FC Midtjylland. And while, yes, the hunt for a Director of Football has been a long-running story, and the club themselves have kept schtum, even our ex-manager is chiming in with his take.

And he has a point, too.

Big task ahead: Ange Postecoglou / (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou alone can’t be held accountable for the recruitment at Celtic this season. The club have had months, months to prepare, whether it was going to be Eddie Howe or someone else. And with the team back for pre-season, soon including the Scottish contingent from Euro 2020, there may be some quality players. But simply put, we just don’t have enough for the demands of the Champions League qualifiers.

Even if someone’s brought in now, they can’t work miracles. They cannot be judged on the summer transfer window by this point, unless they pull something remarkable (or truly terrible) out of the bag. The clutter of pre-season friendlies, Euro 2020 and European qualification is going to make signing anyone of note that bit harder.

Transfers by committee seem to be the way Celtic have worked for years, but that committee is looking incredibly sparse. If Neil Lennon is right about a Hoops structural issue, then – no disrespect to the man – that’s a real worry.

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