Opinion: Lennon, Kennedy and Strachan – 3 Tradesmen blaming their Tools

Despite an exhaustive and retrospective search I cannot find a single blogger, instance in the media or remember any radio phone in at the start of the season who was critical of the board following the assembly of the squad for the current season.

Every single top player was retained and signings in vital areas made topped of with the ‘cherry’ that was Shane Duffy. So all we had to do was allow the coaching team to mould them and follow on in the same manner from the previous campaign.

Awful performances in Europe, in the League and the Ross County debacle in the League Cup have made Celtic fans wish for this season to end and be stricken from our memories.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

The common denominators are of course Neil Lennon, John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan who have totally failed to correctly use the tools available to them and like bad tradesmen have blamed the tools constantly without recognising their own culpability.

A total clearout is necessary and this must include the scouting team who have identified and been guilty in the signing of some of the worst players over a number of years and a catastrophic waste of money.

It’s also worth remembering that only two saves from a rookie goalkeeper saved four years of tremendous success from being consigned to the bin.

I have had this club running through my blood since my first game, a 9-0 victory over Airdrie in 1963 and of course there have been mega highs and many lows but the current situation has dragged the good name of this wonderful institution into the realms of old fashioned slapstick.

Photo: Andrew Milligan

The only blame I currently attach to the current board is their inability to stand up to Dermot Desmond and remind him he is a shareholder like the rest of us, albeit the largest, but he makes less of a contribution every season than the ordinary season ticket holder.

I use the word ordinary but this money is the lifeblood of the club no matter how the board spin things.

When you think Fergus McCann was jeered after saving the club and setting the future strategy it makes me weep that Desmond is portrayed as someone who is some kind of Carnegie.

If he gets annoyed with criticism then let him sell his shares and leave us in the lurch.
There will be no shortage of buyers and he will not be remembered in any way like the greats who have earned their places in our hearts and history of this great club.

Hail Hail

Geoff McLean

About Author

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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