Dressing room, lost. Support, lost but Neil Lennon slams “downed tools”, “lazy” players

Neil Lennon’s post match interview with PLZ Soccer after today’s 2-2 draw at Easter Road once again sees his players coming in for severe criticism from the under pressure Celtic manager. And his interview with Celtic TV was just as worrying.

While accepting that Celtic controlled the game in the first half, the gaffer could scarcely hide his anger at the poor judgement from captain Scott Brown to gift a penalty to Hibs and the laziness in the follow through after Scott Bain had saved the penalty. And the second goal was dreadful defending by Celtic and so easily conceded that the anger with the defending was understandable and shared by the entire support, especially the ones who forked out £15 to watch the game on Hibs TV.

Yet it’s not he supporters who picked the team and we for example carried a few articles over the international break asking for Hatem Elhamed to be played at right back to give us proper defensive know-how in that position. As we said in the match report Jeremie Frimpong is a fine player but should be regarded as a winger, not a right back.

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Yet this criticism of his Celtic players – including captain Scott Brown, his biggest ally in the dressing room – will hardly impress the squad, and this constant criticism he is dishing out is perhaps self defeating.

However those wishing a change – and there’s plenty of calls from angry and frustrated supporters on social media for that to happen – should realise that the replacement is more than likely already sitting on the Celtic bench. John Kennedy would be the replacement.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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