Following Celtic’s 2-0 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle last Sunday, a third defeat of the season for the Hoops despite it being only the start of October.
A lot of unhappy Hoops fans directed their anger towards manager Neil Lennon after the game. Some were even outrageously calling for Lennon to be sacked.
Now granted Lennon’s team selections have not been the greatest as of late, but for some fans to be calling for his head is absolute madness. I still believe it is very early on in the season and I would prefer him to make theses mistakes now rather than later on in the season when it matters the most. Yes OK Celtic are ten points behind Rangers, but they do have a game in hand and they have also pulled back bigger margins than this and in less time too.
However I still cannot believe the stick that Lennon has had to take since the game, and for fans calling for him to be sacked really is the opinion of a moron, part-time fan and basically glory hunters in my view. A lot of Hoops fans seem to have a very short memory given the way that such an inexperienced manager turned around the teams fortunes following a shockingly bad stint as manager from Tony Mowbray.
Lennon racked up an impressive 92 points in his debut season as Celtic boss. An amazing feat for someone just starting out as a manager. Never mind losing only one Old Firm game in the league last year. Drawing another and winning the other two convincingly. Regardless of the personal things Neil lennon was put through last year for the sake of the club. The reasons I have mentioned above should give the man until at least the end of the season to see if he can get it right on the park, which I think he will.
Now I can understand the Celtic fans being angry at the poor start to the season and rightfully so given the money they spend to watch the team play. However I cannot understand why they are directing their anger at Neil Lennon. If fans must voice their anger at someone, then it should be at the board.
For too long now the biscuit tin mentality has been at Parkhead and if ever there was a time to spend money, it was this summer. Celtic could have piled the pressure on Rangers this year given the financial problems they are having.
However the pressure is now on Celtic given their poor start to the season and has left some of the fans doubting their manager, when really the board are at fault for not backing the Lennon financially in the last transfer window. Even former player Frank McGarvey has started to take notice of the of what the board is doing or a lack of what they are doing.
After Sunday’s match at Tynecastle McGarvey was quoted as saying,
” I think Neil has done well, but I think he has been undermined over the summer by Peter Lawwell. Lennon wanted to get a few players in, but Celtic wouldn’t push the boat out, so I think he is being undermined, “
With this being said it is obvious to me what the Celtic board is doing. They have brought in young talented players on the cheap with the potential to have a big sell on fee rather than spend the money required to get in the experienced performers which the team needs.
Something which as a Hoops fan I feel is far from good enough. They are ruining they reputation of a young and upcoming manager in Neil Lennon and they are taking for granted every Celtic fan that spends thousands of pounds each year to see the team play.
The longer it goes on without anything being said or done. The longer this will continue. Now because of injuries to top players like Brown, Kayal, Ledley, Wilson and Izaguirre the team is starting to struggle. Something which could have been avoided if Lennon was given the funds he needed to strengthen the team the way that he wanted to in the summer.
The board should put their money where their mouth is instead of filling their own pockets with cash. Peter Lawwell had the brass neck to laugh at Rangers about a 9 million pound transfer bid from Liverpool on transfer deadline day. Well ironically it’s Rangers that are laughing now.