I suppose it is inevitable, this far into a period of domination, that draws and defeats attract disproportionate criticism. We are not used to defeats, recently we have not even been used to a season without a treble, so reactions to dropping five points in a week have few reference points.
In the social media era, players are not immune to what is being said about them, some of them no doubt reflecting on years of successful service behind them, who perhaps feel deserted when the call was made.
I know what you’re thinking, this is classic paradoxical intent. We react to that which makes us anxious in a way that can only increase our anxiety.
Neil Lennon is dealing with the absence of Forrest, Edouard, Johnston, Jullien, Bitton, Elhamed and Barkas, and easing the return to fitness of Ajeti, Christie and Griffiths, while hurting at some painful results.
We travel to France tomorrow then back in the early hours of Friday before it all goes on the line, again, at Hampden on Sunday. All while Aberdeen rest and prepare. In these circumstances, this is a tough ask. Tougher still without support, and I don’t mean supporters, I mean actual support. This is a no-brainer time, circle the wagons and get back to doing what we always do.