Support and paradoxical intent


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.

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  1. Big Wavy,


    It would be naive to imagine a few Huns wouldn’t log on, when we get a bad result to have a bit of a laugh.


    We do it to them , so what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,


    Rarely seen monikers pop up at times of turmoil but disappear on the good days,



    Criticism is definitely valid at the moment, we are not playing well & at times our set up seems all wrong.


    However some of it is definitely over the top.

  2. I don’t know if Paul 67 is PL’s mouthpiece.


    However, there does appear to have been a high volume of articles recently.

  3. weebobbycollins on



    It’s what we’re up against, more so than ever this season. It’s an added shame that our own help with the fuel…

  4. On a Celtic Minded Site one off the presenters Lawrence I think it was said that Celtic Didn’t have a Defensive or Striker Coaches up at Lennoxtown,I always assumed John Kennedy was the Defensive Coach

  5. If we’re circling the wagons, what exactly are we trying to keep out?



    As far as I can see, most of our problems are self inflicted.



    Lack of obvious coaching and motivation on the park. Complete disregard of the competition in the boardroom.



    Even 1st year business students would aware of Porters 5 Forces Model.



    Creating a fake bogeyman, outside of said wagons, is missing the issues entirely.




  6. SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte decided to take a closer look at the flashpoint, but Brownie has not been cited for the incident.

  7. glendalystonsils on

    ROBINBHOY@ 4.30



    If you want to read anti-Celtic claptrap from the Herald (among many others) , you only need to go to ‘NewsNow Celtic’ any and every day of the week .I agree , ban them and insist on a printed retraction , preferably through the club’s lawyers .

  8. Cambhoy



    I had sciatica for about 3 years on and off. I had physio, spent hundreds of pounds on a chiropractor, had acupuncture, but ultimately I needed surgery on a prolapsed disc which wss pressing on the nerve.



    So, it really depends what the root cause is.



    For temporary relief I found that doing a press up while standing against a wall arching your back worked well along with a press up On the floor with your back arched to stretch the nerve.



    If you Google it you will find helpful exercises.



    Good luck mate and let us know how you get on.



    The whole season long we have been disrupted with injuries to key players, Covid 19 absentees, and playing catch up due to Bolingoli being an idiot. Neil Lennon has won everything possible to win in Scotland up to this point, in his 2nd spell and has been massively funded by the board in the summer to fill gaps in the inherited BR squad. He was allowed to keep all his star players despite the naysayers, and a mere pandemic.




    If you’re posting to have him sacked, you are in line with the growing number of Daily Dafty panic merchants, blind to these realities and who can’t handle Sevco being top of the league for a while?




    Virtually booing your way to what ever in a row is a sad sad pastime for any



    Celtic supporter. No doubt some will be itching to claim their CQN prize as




    ‘The Chairman of the internet Told you so Society’




    💤 💤 💤 CSC




    I’m a bit disappointed by the last half of your post telling the dissenting voices who we are in line with. That’s rubbish. We are entitled to our views. In most cases the dissenters didn’t want Neil Lennon to be appointed, in the showers or at any other venue. So at least we have been consistent and are not jumping on anybody’s bandwagon.



    I admire your passioned defence of the manager and highlighting his successful domestic record. Many of those who support Neil don’t make any case for him but criticise those who dare to disagree as being entitled or as some sort of traitors.



    In my opinion, and I’m entitled to have an opinion, his record in crucial European knock out games is abysmal and is costing the club a fortune in lost revenue. It is unthinkable that he will be given another chance next season to take us through the Champions League qualifiers into the group stages. If it is unthinkable now, at this time, then why are we persevering with him?



    The 💤 💤 💤 at the end of your post was a bit poor.




    Lack of coaching for sure.Another question is….do we have the players to defend? i dont think our midfield can.



    For sure we should defend better than we did at Aberdeen that was down to poor coaching at 3-2.



    How many on here responded ‘yes’ to those polls?




    Bournesouprecipe talks about ‘The Daily Dafty’. You fulfill that role for the Keep Neil Lennon as manager group. Your posts amount to no more than heckling, background noise. Post something intelligent to support your view.

  12. spikeysauldman on

    so lets assume there is no bogey man out there, lets assume lawell sold the wagons, how do we as a club and a support, regradless of your own personal thoughts on player/management/board failings best achieve our aims right now, including getting to the cup final this week and perhaps building some confidence in the current squad who we have till the next transfer window at least ?



    (btw, I was born in 1966. I’d feckin love to have been alive when there was no bogey man. I knew my auld man was tellin me porkies)

  13. onenightinlisbon on




    How many on here responded ‘yes’ to those polls?



    I wouldn’t give our MSM the time of day but will speak my mind on here.



    In my opinion Lennon has failed us in Europe and in the few crunch games this season so far.



    The continued name calling of those on here with a similar view says more about them than it does about us…

  14. corny @ 2.37


    so according to your football knowledge milan allowed Celtic to look good for 30 mins.


    why don’t you take your long winded comments to the bbc ,daily record, kris boyd etc


    i’m sure they’ll agree with you 100%. Neil said to c.nnicholas if we signed Messie and


    ronaldo you wouldn’t be happy ring a bell to you and some others on cqn no guess not,


    your sense of entitlement won’t allow that. Enjoy your misery where you find it

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    So far this season …



    Just about everything that could have gone wrong for Celtic has gone wrong.



    Sit Rep


    In the EL Group Stage


    In the 2020 Scottish Cup Semi final


    Dropped 7 points in the league



    Just about everything that could have gone right for Sevco has gone right



    Sit Rep


    In the EL Group Stage


    Not in Scottish Cup Semi final


    Dropped 4 points in the league



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  16. R.E




    Have suffered with incredible siatica since mid march.


    I thought i had slipped a couple of discs assembling the kids news trampoline in the back garden.


    What has followed this year is incredible pain in my lower back running down my right leg in the form of siatica.


    Not going to work has not been an option to stay afloat…therefore I have been on copious amounts of prescribed pills ..amititripoline,co-codamol and naproxin just to get me through the day.


    The pain never goes really and is especially bad in the morning when i get out of bed.


    I have only managed telephone doctors appointments [due to covid] but have had psysio at local NHS hospital once a month and paid personally £45 a time for a private half hour with a sports massage pysio.


    Bottom line is NOTHING was working really..Infact I felt I was getting worse.


    Then last week happened….


    I was trolling google for answers to my back pain and siatica and saw an american thread that where a poster years ago had similar problems and found out he needed some form of laxatives and electrolights.


    I phoned my doctor told him this and demanded he prescribed me Marcogol


    I started on friday morning and I felt genuine relief within 3 hours…as I sit here today I have gradually improved every day so far.


    The siatica has completely gone and back pain has reduced 80%.


    The funny thing is of course what everyone on here already knew for years is that ‘I was just full of shite’


    I have endured 7 months of agony and suffering and it need not have happened.


    I was going to the toilet alrightish [so i thought] though perhaps looking back my doctor did not do me any favours here..but thank god for the internet and google……For a while I was in full depression mode wondering if i would ever get back to normal as i could not even do the smallest tasks without pain relief.

  17. How did FtSFA compliance officer, Claire White, manage to miss the very very clear slap out at Broonie by the serial offender


    Incidentally his protective Ref & linesman also managed to miss this




    They also missed same offender kicking out at Duffy



    Did any of the mentioned media outlets manage to see and highlight these offences






    Agree with Lenny on this, they have a very specific agenda here



    PS-definitely not agreeing with all Paul67 comments in header though 😂

  18. Paul the spark



    i will say a prayer for your mum and for support for your remaining family


    God bless




  19. Sciatica is exceptionally painful.



    Mild affliction myself, I know many with more acute symptoms.

  20. 67 European Cup Winners on



    Sorry just got to your reply (work is a terrible thing)



    Each man has to share his mind, some will agree some will not


    Time alone will will gave way to he who had the correct opinion



    Be assured I would be delighted to buy you a pint and accept your wisdom


    As winning the league carries a far greater desire for me that having my opinion proven to be correct



    Hail Hail




  21. Big Jimmy – Pubs in central Scotland set to open…..



    But cannot sell alcohol..😂😂😂😂



    You couldn’t make this pish up.






    D :(

  22. lazydynamite on 27th October 2020 5:24 pm



    Similar experience here. I have wear and tear in my lower back are and every so often i get a pinched nerve which puts my back in to spasm then usually sciatic pain through my left hip and down back of my left leg. The other side affect is it causes bowel movement problems. After trying all the usual remedies the best solution for me after is discussion with my GP of course is,



    For muscle spasm – Diazepam


    For pain relief – neproxen


    For bowel problems – laxido



    Recovery time of 3-5 days




  23. LazyD,



    A client of mine suffered from sciatica for years. On her 60th birthday her family took her to a big zip wire in Dumfries and Galloway and since being on it has never suffered again.



    I always assumed the motion must have fixed the problem but reading your post perhaps another remedy was in place…



    I’m wondering how I can ask her 😀

  24. you couldnt make this pish up either – fake news, great interview with Neil today, well done that bhoy.






    Andy Walker disputes Neil Lennon’s Celtic claim as pundit convinced increasing number of fans ‘don’t buy into him’ The pundit believes doubts over the Irishman aren’t just “media driven” after three games without a win.



    The Hoops boss was on the warpath on Tuesday as he railed against certain sections of the media that conducted polls over whether or not he should be sacked after three games without a win.



    But Walker reckons there’s also real concern from within the club’s fanbase over recent displays and results in the wake of the defeats to Rangers, Milan and the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen.



    And the 55-year-old believes the pressure will only continue to rise unless the Irishman finds results on the pitch for Celtic.



    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The debate amongst every Celtic fan is whether this is a blip, possibly just a slump in form, or maybe there’s something badly wrong, something more serious happening behind the scenes?



    “Lennon says he will blank out the recent hysteria on the back of successive home defeats to Rangers and AC Milan and the draw with Aberdeen last Sunday. Good luck with that!



    “I can guarantee that this season will be dominated by hysteria and extreme reactions. Every defeat will be viewed as catastrophic; every draw will be a complete disaster.



    “In all honesty, I think the hysteria Lennon refers to largely comes from his own supporters. A growing number simply don’t buy into him.”



    Meanwhile, Walker believes Shane Duffy is a pale imitation of the player who he enjoyed watching during for Brighton in his Premier League days.



    But the pundit reckons it’s not only the Republic of Ireland skipper who should be getting flak over Celtic’s downturn in form.



    He added: “Former Ireland international Gary Breen insisted Shane Duffy was taking a step down and potentially damaging his Ireland career by moving to Scotland.




    “The truth is, his form has been atrocious and having watched him play numerous times for Brighton while covering their games for Sky,




    “I was expecting a lot more from a man who was the club’s Player of the Year in the English Premier League under Chris Hughton.”



    “Other signings have also been slow to impress. Ajeti? If he doesn’t get service inside the box, his contribution is minimal. Patryk Klimala? Similarly unimpressive. Barkas? I haven’t seen him make a game-changing save of any note.”






    A client of mine suffered from sciatica for years. On her 60th birthday her family took her to a big zip wire in Dumfries and Galloway and since being on it has never suffered again.






    youse can let her down now for goodness sake




  26. Neil Lennon: Manger hits out at media ‘hysteria’ over Celtic form


    Last updated on2 hours ago2 hours ago.


    From the sectionCeltic



    Duffy ‘bombscare’ comments ridiculous – Lennon


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says there is “no justification” for his job to be under threat as he railed against the “hysteria” over his team’s form.



    Sunday’s draw at Aberdeen left Celtic – chasing a record 10th consecutive title – winless in three matches and six points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers with a game in hand.



    Lennon says the majority of fans still back him as he blamed a media agenda.



    “There’s a clear lack of respect because of one bad week,” he said.



    Celtic announce £13m revenue drop


    Lennon ‘still the man for 10’ – Dalglish


    ‘Defining week for fragile Celtic’


    “We’ve lost one game in the league and pundits are talking about me being two games away from the sack. Players getting singled out, abused, criticised, it’s absolutely shocking.



    “It’s media driven, there’s no question of that. I have seen two newspapers run polls on whether I should get sacked or not. I have never seen it before in 20 years I have been here.



    “There’s no justification for me to be sacked. None whatsoever. If things start to deteriorate rapidly, I’ll hold my hands up and say, ‘this isn’t working, we need to look at something else’. But at the moment we’re nowhere near that.”



    Lennon, preparing for his team for a Europe League visit to Lille on Thursday and Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Hampden, also launched a passionate defence of centre-back Shane Duffy.



    The Republic of Ireland international, who is on loan from Brighton, has come in for criticism recently and was culpable at Aberdeen’s second goal on Sunday.



    “He’s just had a bumpy week, nothing more, nothing less,” Lennon added. “I’m not happy about the treatment he’s getting from certain quarters of the media. It’s totally unbalanced, unfair and hysterical.



    “Comments that he’s rank rotten, a bomb scare – I find that ridiculous. He’s a human being, he made a mistake and shouldn’t be hung out to dry for it.



    “He has my full support and I’m not going to leave him out.”



    Failure to win in France against Ligue 1 joint leaders Lille would be Celtic’s longest run without victory in six years.



    But Lennon insists he does not feel under “major pressure” as he called for patience from supporters.



    “They can’t all be constantly criticising the team, the manager. It’s not productive,” he said.



    “We should be enjoying this season but nobody seems to be enjoying it. Our players have earned the right to go for 10 and should be respected and supported for that.



    “But very quickly people are turning on them and me. That’s unfair.”

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