I didn’t watch the game last night, the dogs were all upset with the noise from the fireworks so I watched a programme about animal rescues with them, to make them feel better.
But I did follow it on twitter and our CSC whatsapp group.
So I’ve a fair idea about what happened.
I also watched Neil Lennon’s post match interview, where he nearly commits the cardinal sin of saying that we’ll take it on the chin, and the Calum MacGregor one where he says we were disorganised.
And from that, and the general malaise of this season, there is only one conclusion to draw.
This season has been a season too far for Neil Lennon’s make it up as you go along style of management.
It’s time for him to do the right thing and step aside.
It’s also time for his coaching team to do the right thing and go with him. With the exception of Stevie Woods.
Since Brendan Rodgers jumped ship, and who’s to say that he wasn’t desperate to get away because he was tired of hitting the glass ceiling in the boardroom, hence taking the first job that came along, there has been a marked downturn in the quality of the work ethic at Celtic.
Training, medical supervision and technical development are no longer there, and when they left, they took the hearts and souls of the French contingent with them.
Oddsone Edoaurd doesn’t care any more, Chris Jullien has had a bad back for a month, and Olivier Ntcham has been replaced by a man with a beard and some boots.
Not only has the board backed the manager with hard cash in the summer, they didn’t sell any of the key players, so although they may be responsible for some of the downturn, they can;t be accused of not backing Lennon.
Like the tv comedy that ran on too long, this isn’t funny any more.
The word on the street is that the board have already spoken to a few people with regard to replacing Lennon, and given the service the man has put into the club over the years, he should at least be given the chance to leave of his own accord, dignity intact.
It should not come to a sacking, there should be no more disrespect shown, his time is over, and his way of doing things has been shown to be detrimental to the progress of the club and the players.
We can’t bring in promising players in the hope of developing them if the ability to develop them has gone.
Karamoke Dembele wasn’t on the bench last night, he hasn’t featured all season. One of the most promising talents in European football knows, as do several others, that they will not progress under the current regime at Celtic.
In short, those who are here want away, and we won’t be able to attract replacements.
It’s not too late to salvage ten in a row, but with every game that becomes more and more difficult.
In fact, this isnlt just about ten in a row, it;s about the long term viability of the club as a major force.
On, and off, the field.
Dermot Desmond knows that the long term financial future is at stake here, those lucrative sponsorship deals will disappear, and we’ll be reduced, once again, to joint ventures with “rangers “, such as the Cadbury deal.
The supporters need to know the bigger picture.
Is the policy to remain locked into the failed Old Firm model, or do we have ambitions on a bigger stage ?
Right now, it seems like we don’t.
And as a result, the downward spiral quickens, until the whole lot hits the bottom.
The next few days will tell us us where the clubs ambitions lie…are they content with the Old Firm brand, or are they serious about leaving it behind ?
Do they really think that Celtic fans see beating a basket of assets to the title as the ultimate achievement ?
Or do they want to see us at a level where regular games against the other big clubs are the norm ?
In the meantime, Lennon needs to end his association with the club before we remember him for this year, and not the previous twenty…
Like any long term relationship, its heartbreaking when it breaks down, but sometimes you have to move on, for the benefit of everyone.