Now that he’s finally found another job, Neil Lennon has spoken out a little more candidly about his time at Celtic last year, and the months immediately afterwards.
It’s well documented on these pages that when the truth finally does come out, he’ll get a little more sympathy with regard to his attempts to hold things together during the Covid season.
It’s also well documented on here that he did try, and perhaps deserves a little more sympathy than he’s been getting.
So you think he’d try to set the record straight, rather than just repeat the lines he’s been feeding us about how it wasn’t his fault and he’s got nothing to prove.
Indeed, although he’s talking a lot lately, he isn’t actually saying anything.
“For the first three or four months after Celtic, it took me a bit of an adjustment,”
“I’d gone from a kind of regimented sort of lifestyle to civilian life almost.
“Not having to worry about players, media, board, supporters, social media.
And then he was rendered surplus to requirements, and lost his job.
Oh, wait, maybe he means after he lost his job…it’s hard to work out.
“That took a bit of adjusting to. Then I started thinking, ‘This is alright, you can relax for a bit’ — but then this opportunity came up.
“The way it ended at Celtic was very disappointing.
Yes, it was. And whilst there were mitigating circumstances, until they are revealed and examined then all we are going to get is a repetition of it’s not my fault.
But I think overall we had a hell of a lot of success.
We did, and for that the support is grateful, but all things that end invariably end badly, and the least Lennon could do is out together a case for the defence.
“Do I want to prove something? Not to anybody in Scotland.
That arrogant attitude is driving him further and further away from what should be a rightful place amongst the clubs legends.
“The final season at Celtic might have overshadowed everything else I’d done at the club because it was so recent.
“But hopefully, further down the line, there will be a recognition, it shouldn’t overshadow what was achieved before. Both as a player and as a manager.”
Well, we can safely say that the ball is in his court….
Lennon is a legend, he has done his bit, but perhaps cutting the cord from one who may have had an unhealthy influence on him would probably allow him to speak a little more freely about last season.
“I speak to Peter. I’ve had the occasional text from Dermot Desmond.
“They have been very good to me. Peter was positive about this chance and I respect his opinion.
“He’s a personal friend too. He has his finger on the pulse when it comes to European club football.”
Then again, that closeness in the relationship between manager, CEO and owner may well explain the collapse last season without the need for any further investigation….
Speaking of building cases for the defence, statistics show that the current Celtic defence, often much maligned, is actually a lot better than we give it credit for.
Whilst constantly under fire , for instance, due to a large percentage of the total goals conceded coming from set pieces, it’s worth noting that if you flip that statement, then teams struggle to score against us in open play, which suggests a greater level of concentration and organisation than we might think.
We concede less shots than ever, but the most important factor is shot quality. Which again Ange has lowered to it’s lowest levels since