Journalist Derek McGregor has recently talked about Celtic players’ perception of Neil Lennon’s situation at Parkhead right now.
McGregor appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Parkhead-based side. One topic of discussion was the Celtic players’ perception of Neil Lennon. McGregor made it clear that a lot of the club’s players feel that Lennon isn’t going to be at Parkhead for too long.
Lennon has been open about criticising multiple Celtic players in recent months. He criticised Scott Brown last year and he had also publicly criticised Leigh Griffiths for turning up in an overweight condition in Celtic’s pre-season training. After a defeat to Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifiers, he had made it clear that certain players didn’t want to be at the club.
Have the players lost belief in Lennon?
McGregor believes that Celtic players have it on their minds that Lennon may not even last the season.
He said: “I think a big problem for Neil, and possibly for some time, is I think the players probably have it in their minds now that he’s not going to be manager – certainly not for next season and possibly not even until the end of the season. And as such, they probably don’t see him as having authority. So whenever he decides to have a go, I think the concern for Neil would be that the players are just switching off.”
TIF Thoughts on McGregor’s comments on Celtic…
Recently, Lennon had ended up slamming Griffiths publicly again as he questioned the Scotsman’s fitness. Having said that, he also made it clear that a lot of the current players haven’t performed well and they’ve let him down.
This might be a reflection of the fact that he’s trying very hard to motivate his players, but results-wise, the Hoops have won just two of their last seven league games. It shows that things aren’t working out despite his attempts, and because of that, it is easy to see why McGregor feels that the players have lost belief in Lennon.