Journalist Craig Swan has recently provided details about how Neil Lennon reacted to Celtic’s loss to Sparta Prague in the UEFA Europa League.
Swan was hosting the latest episode of the Record Celtic podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was the club’s reaction to the 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague in the Europa League last Thursday. Swan claimed that after the loss, there was ‘harsh talking’ behind the scenes about the performance.
Celtic are now bottom of their Europa League group and have picked up just one point from three games. Before losing to Sparta Prague, they had previously lost to Milan and had held Lille to a 2-2 draw (as per Transfermarkt).
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Swan said that the Celtic squad had to watch the Sparta Prague game again after the defeat.
He said: “There was some harsh talking, it seems that the manager said his piece in public behind closed doors, I think he said that the squad watched the game again. A few people chipped in, had their say.”
TIF Thoughts on Swan’s comments…
Callum McGregor had described the Sparta Prague defeat as an ’embarrassing’ performance from the Bhoys and said that the team looked ‘disjointed’ in that game (as per the Daily Record). Meanwhile, Scott Brown had said that the players should be blamed for the defeat and they need to take responsibility (as per The Scotsman).
This suggests that there was a negative feeling at the club following the defeat to Sparta Prague and if Lennon really got the squad together to watch the game, the players seemed to have responded well to that considering how they managed to beat Motherwell 4-1 at the weekend. Lennon can only hope that this approach helps the club in the long term in their quest for their 10th Premiership title in a row this season.