The most worrying quote from Neil Lennon's Celtic press conference
Neil Lennon does not believe there is an awful lot of work that needs to be done to get this Celtic team back to form and back to winning ways.
The manager is under significant pressure after just two wins in 12 matches from his Bhoys.
Supporters are unhappy, putting banners up at Celtic Park and now organising protests at the stadium.
Despite that, he’s been given backing by the club board, who said in a statement this week that they won’t be reviewing his position until the new year.
That gives Lennon a bit of time to get things right on the pitch.
Concerningly though, he doesn’t think Celtic are far away from playing good football again.
He said in Wednesday’s pre-Lille press conference (YouTube): “For me, there’s not an awful lot of work that needs to be done, really. Just that little bit of confidence. That little bit more of forward-thinking, a little bit freer in expression.
“We’re just feeling a little bit anxious at times on the pitch. I get that. I’ve been there as a player myself.
“But they can play through it, and that’s the one thing they have to do – train and play through it.
“(Wednesday) was vibrant and we’re hoping we can go out (on Thursday) and put in a performance against Lille and then take it from there. We’ve some big games to look forward to this month. We’re looking forward to putting a run together and a fresh start in the new year.”
Lennon’s thinking behind that will likely be that ripping everything up and starting mid-season again isn’t likely to bring much joy.
However, for me, these comments are concerning and worrying. It seems like the manager isn’t watching the same team I am at the moment.
Performances are dire. Players are low on confidence. Tactically we look lost, with and without the ball. This doesn’t seem to be a situation where a bit of faith or a win is going to spark the team into consistency.
We are beyond that point now. We need fresh ideas. This outfit needs a lot of work to get back to the levels we’ve seen in the last few seasons.
Training and playing through it all, while maintaining the status quo, is grasping at straws and expecting a miracle when there is no sign of one.
With the board backing Neil Lennon to the hilt, we can only hope as supporters that he is right and many of us are wrong. I’d take that. I’d take the egg on my face if Celtic can turn this around.
I just can’t see it.