The Athletic’s Celtic-oriented journalist Kieran Devlin has recently talked about the fact that players were ‘confused’ under Neil Lennon.
Devlin was recently a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Hoops following their exit of Neil Lennon and potential replacements for the northern Irishman. Devlin has revealed that players were ‘confused’ under Lennon, even though some of them were supportive of their manager.
The Hoops are set to have John Kennedy as their interim manager till the end of the campaign. They find themselves as many as 18 points behind the Gers and they’ve lost both the Old Firm derbies in the Premiership (as per Transfermarkt).
Did Lennon's methods become very irrelevant?
The Athletic’s Devlin revealed that while some players did support the manager, some players were tired of the same training sessions that had worked last season but were working last season.
The journalist said (4:31): “I think it’s important to say that. There were other players who were supportive of the manager, while some were a bit confused how these things were happening. In training, they were doing the same training sessions, same philosophies and approach to games last season and obviously last season was far more successful than this season.”
TIF Thoughts on players being ‘confused’ by Lennon’s methods…
Lennon had criticised multiple Celtic players in the 2019/20 season. He had publicly criticised Leigh Griffiths and his fitness in pre-season. Scott Brown had also taken some criticism from the club’s manager and Lennon had also gone on to criticise the whole squad after the loss to Ferencvaros in the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League.
The fact that Lennon’s messages still made no effect on the players shows that his methods weren’t working out.