CELTIC hero Murdo MacLeod insists Neil Lennon is “an angry young man” after his performance at yesterday’s well-publicised press conference.
The Hoops manager even made UK national news with his outburst at Lennoxtown as he returned after 10 days of self-isolation following the ill-fated trip to Dubai.
Christopher Jullien tested positive for coronavirus as he returned with the squad 11 days ago to force 13 team-mates and three backroom staff – including Lennon and his No.2 John Kennedy – into quarantine.
First-team coach Gavin Strachan had to field makeshift line-ups in the draws with Hibs and Livingston with teenagers such as Cameron Harper, Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Oko-Flex being brought in to covers for the missing stars.
Chief executive Peter Lawwell admitted the five-day warm-weather training trip to the United Arab Emirates had been a mistake, as CQN reported last week.
However, Lennon didn’t hold back during an explosive meeting with the media and former Parkhead idol MacLeod, speaking to BBC Scotland, said: “He’s an angry young man.
“For me that [press conference]was strange. When you come back and you know everything that has happened up to now.
“He has obviously been angry since he has arrived back home and what has happened to his team.
“He wants to have a go at people and, for me, that is not going to help Celtic.
“Celtic is all about the football pitch, that is the most important thing.
“If you start having a go and falling out with people then it just means the relationship between the media, the club and himself will not be good.”
MacLeod added: “I still don’t know if Lennon and Peter Lawwell got together before he came out with his rant about everything.
“That doesn’t normally happen when you are sitting down in front of all the media. I think Neil off his own back has come out with all guns blazing.
“He’s had a go at as many people as he can even the people coming up in the trains from London to Glasgow. That is nothing to do with Celtic Football Club.
“Peter has come out and apologised and for Neil to come back and have a real go like this is a real problem for Celtic now.
“There are so many people sitting listening to Neil and thinking this is not the way the Celtic manager should be acting.
“I don’t think Neil Lennon should go as much for his rant, it is more what is happening on the football pitch.
“The hardest thing for Celtic is getting a new manager in who can bring success and wins every single week.”