The silence from Celtic is deafening; while the club cower nothing will get better

By John McGinley

January 21, 2021

It’s another day of Celtic silence after a poor result. You may have become used to those this season given the way things have panned out.

Beyond the odd scheduled tweet or happy birthday to a former player, I don’t expect that to change, sadly.

The club are cowering in the face of continued criticism.

The PR strategy of regressing into a turtle shell has been immensely damaging as the club stumbles from crisis to crisis.

That Neil Lennon could still be in a job by the end of today is also a complete abdication of leadership at Celtic.

You feel sorry for club figures like Supporter Liason Officier JP Taylor, who has been left fielding the questions from worried supporters that should be answered by Chief Executive Peter Lawwell.

I get that it may be difficult for the club to line-up a long-term successor. Nonetheless, the Lennon project has unravelled, and there appears to be a new drama daily at the moment.

If he’s not lambasting SPFL clubs and the Scottish Government, who subsequently refute his claims, then he’s making comments that disillusion many supporters even further.

What must happen now

The club need to hit the reset button and call time on this season. The staff and players can crow about mathematical possibility all they want. It doesn’t change that they aren’t facing up to reality.

The longer the Celtic silence goes on, with no change in strategy nor acceptance that a rebuild is needed, absolutely nothing is going to improve.

There’s Celtic silence from Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon being in a job seems like a huge barrier between us and that improvement.

Even a caretaker manager would be more preferable at this stage. The club could then embark on a public search for a successor without undermining the current boss.

Leadership, communication and action are needed. It’s the least Celtic fans deserve after this horror show season.

In other news, Celtic need to start playing youngsters or loan them out.