Neil Lennon’s interview with the official site was the second resounding State of the Club address from Celtic within a week. The manager said:
”Clearly, in terms of where Rangers do play, that is now a matter for others to decide upon, it is something we have no control or influence over.
“We must now move on, and move on with a collective unity between the supporters and the club and the team.
“We need to stand strong, shoulder to shoulder and all work together to continue to move the club in the right direction.
“We want as many fans as possible to come back to the club and take their seat at Celtic Park and invest in the club as much as possible.
“We are now looking forward and not back, we have a vibrant young team, I want to progress this team as far as I can but we cannot do this without the fans’ support.
“There will be no slacking off or complacency, we have a lot to look forward to and that´s what we are preparing for, but I need to be very clear, we need our fans with us every step of the way.
“We cannot let outside negative influences dictate the mood at Celtic, we are very optimistic and we are very much looking forward to the season but we need our fans right with us”.
“It´s imperative we make inroads in Europe again this year and it would be nice to get through the qualifiers and into the Champions League group stages, but I´m under no illusion how difficult that´s going to be
“Everyone wants to play at the big table and that´s our whole focus. We go into this as champions and that is a fantastic feeling, so hopefully that will give the players an extra spring in their step.
“If we qualify then you never know where it will take us.”
I hear season ticket sales are up on the corresponding period last season but the message from Neil is clear, with the driver for high-value corporate ticket sales missing, Celtic are more dependent on ordinary supporters buying tickets than ever before.
This is your tax-and-supplier-paying-champions-today-and-next-season-Celtic. You wouldn’t rather it any other way so get along and enjoy it.