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Neil, the 10 and the rest of us

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On five different occasions I told one of the two men who decide the fate of the Celtic manager that I thought it was time for a change.  Memorably, on one occasion, I was told, “Get a grip of yourself”.  I did not always get a response as, despite how I feel about Celtic, a manager’s fate is a private matter.

On none of those occasions did I write on CQN that the manager should be sacked.  If I was an impartial observer, that would be different, but my objective is always to see Celtic flourish and I considered the effect a campaign to sack the manager would have on results, our league challenge and, in on one occasion, the man himself.

The impact of these campaigns falls disproportionately on that individual, often when they are at their most emotionally vulnerable.  It hurts when those once close to you want you out, you look harder for motivation and as for focussing a dressing room!

Those who make the decisions are less emotionally vulnerable.  They usually have years of experience shielding themselves from being buffered by adverse sentiment, if they didn’t, they would not be able to do the job.  They alone know their options and they are never blind to the consequences of failure.  They do not always get it right.

We cannot show our support for the players or the manager at games and they will not be meeting fans in the street; all sentiment is delivered by media, new and old.  This is the only communication we have and I know the players consume what is written online this season.  This sentiment is not to blame for bad results, but it will not help resolve the situation.

Celtic are low percentage bets to win the league and I want the players, manager and board to take whatever steps necessary to change this, it is not too late. Nothing would give me more pleasure than Neil Lennon bringing us 10-in-a-row, it would be the ultimate way to achieve an historic record.  If he gets there, the rest of us will have a role in making it happen.

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  1. Trump pm the one hand is rushing through pardons for his cronies & Military personnel accused of unlawful killings on the other hand he is rushing through Executions for other Murderers/Accomplices/Brain damaged criminals.

     

    Bernard Brandon was an 18 yr old Black youth who was involved in the murder of 2 Youth Ministers 22 years ago, he wasn’t the shooter and has been a model Prisoner, counselling young offenders to change their ways etc. Now after 22 years in prison he is due to be executed on 10th December one of 6 planned executions before Biden’s inauguration,

  2. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    On yesterdays pressers, I agree they were bad. Why roll out Scott Brown to tell media that players now need to get behind the manager? Are they not already. Same guy who gave a stupid needless penalty away on Saturday to cost us 2 points.

     

     

    I took more heart from Callum McGregor’s presser with club channel the day before. Cal Mac is a great player and like many great players, I think he is an intelligent guy who can read the game. See his reaction against Aberdeen about leaving 2 v’s 2 ( I know he gave a penalty away but IMO he is back there every time trying to cover for players in other players posted missing – again shape).

     

     

    Cal Mac sounded rather optimistic on Tuesday though if any hope to be taken from this. He said they had practised shape a lot in training previous 2 days and he sounded almost excited like they are aware and working on the shape issues.

     

     

    Hopefully true and maybe I am just clutching at straws. We can’t read into too much about tonights game. NL is usually good away in Europe. Its the home & away domestic games where we will see if the shape has improved or not.

  3. onenightinlisbon on

    BHOY FROM THE BOYNE on 26TH NOVEMBER 2020 11:15 AM

     

     

    Appreciate your response. Thanks!

     

     

    Trying times ahead I think….

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