There is no doubt that the Scottish FA’s decision to ban Ryan Christie for three games following an incident with Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos has not gone down well with Celtic.
The club said as much in the statement they released on the matter. However, some fans of the club may feel that Celtic should have been more forthright on the issue.
Hoops boss has been quiet in Dubai so far
That might not be easy for the club to do, for a variety of reasons. Which is where Neil Lennon comes in. The Hoops boss have been quiet since Celtic started their training camp in Dubai. John Kennedy is the man at the club doing the interviews so far.
However, that should change following this decision. Lennon can articulate just what he and the club feel in a forthright manner, without overstepping the boundaries.
He is just the man to point out that Morelos avoided a ban for a similar incident with Celtic’s Anthony Ralston this time last year.
Majority of fans would be delighted if Lennon comments
The Hoops boss can also defend Christie as a player, talking about how he was unfortunate to get the ban. The majority of Celtic fans would be delighted if Lennon came out in defence of both his player and his club.
It would show that Celtic are set to lead from the front when it comes to defending the name of the club and the player.
If Lennon comes out and says his piece on the matter, it could draw a line under the matter. He makes the statement, defends the player, queries the difference between this incident and the Morelos one last year, and then moves on.
That could be the one statement, and it could say all that needs to be said. Celtic might not have been able to say something on their statement, but Lennon can, and he should, at the first available opportunity.