The Green Brigade banner and statement holds weight; it can't and shouldn't be ignored by Celtic
Celtic’s most vocal supporters’ group, the Green Brigade, have released a statement imploring the board to make changes.
Speaking bluntly but with respect for Neil Lennon, the GB insisted he should go in a Twitter statement which called the club’s recent performances into question, and echoed the thoughts of many of the Celtic support.
Green Brigade banner and statement pic.twitter.com/cj7UugHBuR
— North Curve Celtic (@NCCeltic) November 25, 2020
“Neil Lennon and many of the current Celtic squad have delivered unprecedented success for our club and deserve enormous credit for their achievements”, the statement begins. “However, past accomplishments are not enough to excuse the level of performance and lack of desire we have endured throughout this momentous season.
“Despite having the best squad in the country, the football on display has been dismal, lacking in ideas and belief. Many of our best players have disappointed and we have performed poorly both domestically and in European competition, winning only 2 games from our previous 8. Whilst we would love nothing more than to see Neil Lennon win us the championship, we are part of a growing element of the Celtic support that has sadly concluded that he is unable to turn our season around.”
“After a decade of unrivalled footballing and financial dominance it is disappointing to find ourselves 11 points off the league summit and virtually out of the Europa League, having failed to make it past even the second round of qualification for the Champions League. We appreciate all that Neil Lennon has done for the club and endured in his time in Scotland, however there is simply too much at stake to persevere in hope rather than expectation, and a managerial change needs to be made.
“Celtic Football Club is bigger than us all, and the good of the club must come first. Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board must act now in a bid to save 10-in-a-row as well as their own legacies. Should they fail to deliver this title, it will be them who are held to account”.
Points well made
The Green Brigade invite criticism from corners of the Scottish football media by virtue of existing. Resistance to Ultra culture in modern football, for whatever reason, is rampant.
For some, despite regularly collecting for charitable causes including local food banks, it seems that the Green Brigade’s rowdy, politically-charged support of the team from the colourful standing section of Celtic Park harkens back to hooligan culture.
Yet, when the Green Brigade arranges enormous Tifos out of their own pockets and light up Parkhead with colour and noise, the board are happy to receive the plaudits from the international footballing community.
In our view, they regularly hit the mark in terms of representing the opinions of the Celtic support as a whole. In recent days, the “falling asleep at the wheel” display has made its way back on to Twitter, and with today’s statement in mind, it has incredible resonance.
Whatever your opinion of the Green Brigade may be, to many they represent the values of passion and charity, the true essence of what supporting Celtic is all about. There’s zero doubt that they utterly respect Neil Lennon as a man and a Celtic legend.
When they suggest a managerial change needs to be made, it feels heavy-hearted. Celtic supporters clamouring for change, the Green Brigade included, take no pleasure in this.