Former Celtic striker Andy Walker believes that manager Neil Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell should be given their marching orders.
Walker urges action to be taken
It has been a tough week for the supporters to digest everything that has happened at Parkhead. If their 1-0 defeat to Rangers wasn’t bad enough, the squad shipped themselves off to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp, despite Scotland being in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This led to some intense scrutiny from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. On their return, 13 players, including manager Neil Lennon were forced to self-isolate. Key defender Christopher Jullien tested positive despite being sidelined for four months due to a knee injury.
While the club, and Lennon, initially defended the decision to head out to the Middle East. A drastic U-turn was performed and while Lawwell did apologise for letting the fans down, he added his disapproval of the media coverage and said that the virus hasn’t helped their cause.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Walker launched a scathing attack on both Lawwell and Lennon, and while it is Nick Hammond who is reportedly on the chopping block, Walker believes Lennon and Lawwell should leave.
“I think he should have left it after 30 seconds,” he said after reacting to Lawwell’s interview with the club’s official website. “I think he delivered it with a bit of humility and a bit of sincerity.
“But the other four minutes were absolute baloney. The idea that Celtic have been affected more than any other club is just nonsense. Try telling that to Hearts, Partick Thistle – the forced relegation in the summer when the season was cut short.
“All the lower league clubs now have had their season suspended – and he also said that the [Dubai] trip was performance-based. The pictures were damning.”
Walker then went on to say that drastic changes need to made in the board room and in the manager’s hot seat.
“You need someone in that can make a better connection with your supporters. You absolutely need a change in direction from the dugout because Neil Lennon has been very successful with Celtic, but it hasn’t worked out this season.
“Being second in Glasgow is useless. Whether it was either Neil Lennon or Steven Gerrard – whoever lost out this season would have lost their job. I think both of them would have accepted that.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
We think the majority of Celtic supporters would approve of Walker’s wishes if they were to take place. Lennon’s side are so far behind Rangers now that it looks unlikely they will secure 10-in-a-row.
The fans have been grouped together constantly with the club based on the actions that they have carried out, which is quite bizarre seeing as they have done nothing wrong.
There is still a lot of games to be played and with still four months until the end of the season, time will tell whether radical changes are made in the summer.
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