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Further confirmation of where we are

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The reaction to points dropped yesterday was not on the same level as the disappointment after we similarly rescued a point against Hibs late on the game or went out of the League Cup last week, this one was expected by all and did no more than provide further confirmation of where we are.

This run of two wins in 12 games will eventually end, but by then it will be too late – possibly too late to see off Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.  In 11 games between now and February, only two are outside Glasgow, short journeys to Hamilton and Paisley, and we have no international fixtures to contend with, but as St Johnstone, Ross County and others have established, that is no comfort.

St Johnstone’s goal was unlike our most in our recent glut.  The defence was briefly in position before breaking into a moment’s disorganisation, Frimpong rushed forward, leaving May unattended, Kane reacted while his marker, Bitton, looked the other way.  Neither Celtic player demonstrated defensive instincts.

Not that the defence is to blame.  The volume of good chances was insufficient to convince anyone a Celtic goal was coming and those that came were missed by our once-prized asset.  The equaliser had more than a touch of good fortune about it.  Whatever ails Celtic, it is not limited to the back line.

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  1. Go tell the Spartim on

    Big wavy

     

     

    The rumour was he was sacked for talking to feyenoord but he’s still not gone.

     

     

    Fanciful thinking on my part I think, but someone in that mould

  2. I’m actually thinking that Lennon has asked to go, but staying on to repay Lawwell, as he has nobody else to come in.

  3. Geebee

     

    Michael O’Neill sets up his team not to lose.

     

     

    What’s the SFA ever done for us – lately our players having to isolate whilst on international duty.

  4. Go Tell The Spartim,

     

     

    Been reading up on him. Looks exactly what we should be going after and not some of the usual suspects being rolled out. Not sure the board have that mindset though :(

     

     

    HH

  5. onenightinlisbon on

    Lambert? Of the “Rangers were poorly treated”comment….would not put it past the shysters to do that.

  6. Regarding Lambert, why are we so blinkered that we only consider ex-players, Scots and Irish for the manager’s job? It is incredibly short-sighted.

  7. Just when you think things cant get worse Lambert’s name is wheeled out, his wife wouldnt allow it anyway, by the way Celtic paid for him to do his badges in Germany while he had a playiing contract with us, his legs were gone by then but MON gave him a playing deal.

  8. squire danaher on

    SLOLEYBHOY on 7TH DECEMBER 2020 6:29 PM

     

     

    Why should Neil Lennon wan away from a payoff??

     

     

    Would you?

  9. I see the figure.. 38 million regularly spouted on here that lennon has squandered on transfers….. I’ve been back to the squads for two years… I still don’t get anywhere near 38 million!!…… Take Turnbull for instance… Before his knee problem we agreed a figure close to 3 million….. This transfer didn’t go ahead with the same terms!….. A motherwell fan for instance insisted it was under 2 million which I doubted….. But anyway you get the point……. It got me thinking regards.. Add ons which are a big part of transfers nowadays…. When someone says… 3 million for soro…. Is that 3 million after 100 games and CL qualification?….. Because I don’t believe 3 million for a minute…… Anyway to the original point… I don’t think its 38 million!

  10. maybe the board have not sacked lennon because they know they’ve let him down with recent signings.

     

     

    Can any manger make this current team play better – esp defensively. I just don’t think we have the personnel and as far as I’m aware , Lennon does not select the signings.

  11. Lambert is not going to be in the dugout at Celtic Park in any capacity other than a visitor or managing some exhibition match.

  12. New statement:

     

     

     

    “In light of the ongoing speculation regarding the position of our football manager, Neil Lennon, the Board of Celtic Football Club wishes to make clear its continuing support for Neil and his backroom team.  

     

     

    The Board recognises and understands the importance of winning the league championship this season and that, as Neil himself has made clear, recent performances and results have been disappointing. The Board is committed to delivering success for Celtic supporters.  

     

     

    The Board has carefully considered the current circumstances and the challenges that we are faced with, not least the pressure on the management and players to deliver the tenth championship in a row that is so important to us all. Equally important is to continue to operate according to our Club’s values. The Board has come to the conclusion that our collective objective is best served by continuing to support Neil and his team as they seek solutions for those challenges. 

     

     

    Neil has the support of the players and staff at the Club. He understands the pressure and the environment. As his outstanding record as a manager, captain and player demonstrates, he knows what it takes to be successful at Celtic and he has delivered success with many of the current squad of players, who understand his method and approach.  

     

     

    Whilst it has been suggested that it is time for a change, at this stage in the season the Board believes that Neil and his management team are best placed to turn the team’s performances around and lead us on to success. The Board continues to work closely with Neil and his team to support them as they seek to do so and progress will be reviewed in the new year.

     

     

    The Board wishes to take this opportunity to thank all Celtic supporters for their support during this challenging year. The response of the support to the challenges that we all face together has been magnificent. It is therefore important to make clear that the Board has never, as it has been inaccurately reported, referred to any Celtic supporter as ‘entitled’.

     

     

    The Board recognises the range of views expressed by our supporters and the strength of those opinions. Whilst there may not always be agreement, there is certainly a common goal – the success of Celtic Football Club – and we will continue to work together to seek to achieve that success.”

  13. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    !!BADA BING!! on 7TH DECEMBER 2020 6:44 PM

     

     

    I’ve been thinking that for some time now, the old pals act, please Neil, at least until the cup final.

  14. I find it shallow to her the views of people on potential mangers – don’t want this guy bcoz, don’t want that guy bcoz etc.. there are no guarantees with ANY manger. Sometimes managers fail out of bad luck, lack of funding, not given time, culture fit with club etc..

     

     

    Who would have thought Wim Jansen could achieve what he did?

     

     

    So if Celtic paid for Lamberts badges, and he’s built experience with other clubs to develop his skills and he feels a sense of payback/appreciation – why not! He has strong connections in Germany and England.

     

     

    We need a structural change – Bring in a director of football to improve recruitment – THIS HAS BEEN APPALLING – THIS IS THE BIGGEST REASON WE ARE IN THIS SITUATION – NOT LENNON!

  15. Celebrations over at Ibrox after reading that statement.

     

     

    10IAR is gone and I fear the pain is only about to begin.

  16. squire danaher on

    “The Board has come to the conclusion that our collective objective is best served by continuing to support Neil and his team as they seek solutions for those challenges.”

     

     

    ——

     

     

    “ Whilst there may not always be agreement, there is certainly a common goal – the success of Celtic Football Club – and we will continue to work together to seek to achieve that success.”

     

     

    I’d like to know Desmond and Lawwell’s definition of ‘collective objective’ and ‘success of Celtic Football Club’.

     

     

    Hmmmmmm as our host would say

  17. Bada…

     

     

    I think that’s a reasonable call………

     

    I’d say Neil has had a conversation with Big Peter……..and the reality is no-one is there or perhaps ready to come in as replacement.

     

    No conspiracy – just a cock-up in terms of succession planning compounded by complacency, stupidity- a dash of arrogance, some bad luck and circumstances.

  18. good statement from the board who have won us 9 in a row and a potential quad treble!@!@

     

     

    Aa new management team cannot turn these players into something they are not – only a January window combined with getting forrest, Johnstone, and Turnbull into the team

  19. Stebhoy.

     

    We already have a director of football.

     

    Lawwell is the de facto head of football.

     

    A chartered accountant.

     

    That is one of the reasons that we are in such a mess.

     

     

    I wrote on this site a long, long time time ago that accountants and bankers don’t make good business leaders.

     

    Lawwell should do the decent thing and resign. He should repay all the money he has taken out of this club over the last decade.

  20. westcraigs – agreed – The issues are with Lawell and Hammond. They have performed poorly in preparing us for the season ahead – this issues were glaring and its unfortunate that not one signing has helped the team.

     

     

    I say unfortunate because no player is a guaranteed success – however, the risk is reduced when you have the right people and approach to signing players – right now this is broken!

  21. onenightinlisbon on

    Disgraceful statement. Obvious now, never been a plan B.

     

     

    League is over now for sure.

     

     

    Lawwell/Desmond/Lennon will be remembered for allowing history to slip from our hands.

     

     

    The fans need to do something about this.

  22. please also factor in the injuries we’ve had this season, the impact room covid disrupting the 1st team , the number of international games celtic played recently – this + rangers winning convincingly has skewed this situation.

  23. onenightinlisbon on

    “Equally important is to continue to operate according to our Club’s values”

     

     

    Wonder if Lawwell could actually tell us what these values are?