IF Neil Lennon cannot motivate Celtic, then no-one can.
That’s the verdict of his former Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley who has been left amazed at the champions’ extraordinary form flop this season.
The 34-year-old midfield anchorman, now with Livingston, got a good view of the stumbling Hoops in his side’s two back-to-back draws over the the past few days, a goalless stalemate in the east end of Glasgow and 2-2 in West Lothian in midweek.
Lennon has been in direct line for the ire of fuming fans as the Parkhead club continue to squander points – nine dropped in four games in 2021 – as their dream of 10 in a row fades on a weekly basis with their favourites now 20 points off the pace in the race for the coveted title.
Bartley, speaking to Go Radio, said: “Neil Lennon is the best motivator I have ever had. If he can’t motivate you for a game then nobody can.
“Personally, I don’t need anyone to motivate me, I’m going out there to do something I absolutely love.
“For me, the minimum requirement is to give 100 per cent every single game.
“As a player, if you’re not willing to do that, especially playing at a club as big as Celtic, then you are in the wrong sport.
“It is not acceptable.”
Celtic have two games in hand and their next match is against Hamilton Accies at Parkhead on Wednesday evening.