For the second time this season Celtic have lost at Ibrox. Brendan Rodgers lost in December and now Neil Lennon has lost in May.
Whilst Celtic are eight-in-a-row Champions, and possible treble treble winners, this team’s performance level has been on the slide for since at least last summer if not before. Neil Lennon has been given an opportunity to manage this squad and complete a treble, but I think the greater task may be out with his own capabilities.
This is not simply about domestic domination. It is about the evolution of the club on and off the parlk.
It’s fair to say Neil hasn’t had the opportunity to recruit and isn’t wholly a team of his making. However, I also have my reservations about Neil’s style of management.
Celtic tried to change the culture of health, fitness and training five years ago. Presumably, that was why Ronny Deila was recruited before Neil had even left.
Ronny ended up becoming manager instead, in the wake of Neil’s departure. We need to maintain that culture change and I’m concerned Neil hasn’t grasped that area of coaching yet.
You can’t just be everyone’s mate, go on the bevy with the players and bleed your heart out to the fans. It’s about development, discipline, fitness, health, recruitment and tactics.
If you truly want to make inroads in Europe you have to be professional in all areas. That was what Ronny started, Brendan continued and the next full time manager must also do.
I just don’t think that should be down to Neil. We need to think bigger and to safeguard our future.
At the beginning of this title run we had Neil who had a rapport with the fans, Ronny was a good coach with a likeable personality, but the Celtic job was evidently too big for him even though he secures two titles.
Celtic need someone who can man manage like Brendan did, but help us progress to the next level as well. Especially in Europe.
I’ve been troubled that the club would take the easy path and opt for Neil. They would be taking a huge risk if they did.
When Ronny Deila lost on penalties to a Championship based Rangers side, the writing was on the wall for him and they board responded with Brendan Rodgers. Celtic have now lost both Ibrox games and I think that should be a wake up call for everyone at Celtic.
We need to up the ante once again. I don’t think that responsibility should go to Neil Lennon.
Whilst he lives and breathes the club his passion may cloud his judgement. I know he wants the job again, but is he really got anything else to offer that we haven’t seen before?
Today’s match at Ibrox was brutal. It was almost a carbon copy of the December game.
We lost a cheap and lucky goal through a self inflicted mistake. Rangers should’ve had a man sent off as well.
You win games, you lose games. I’m concerned though that these two matches have been lost in the same defeatist manner.
Neil discussed the possibility of mental or physical fatigue. I don’t know if that’s fact or fiction, even if it is plausible.
It is disconcerting though. Especially when there is a cup final still to play.
Change is afoot. The board must react.
To fund a new era will take money and to do so, we may need to sell some assets. That’ll be decided between the board and the new manager I expect.