If you have puzzled at any level over the previous few months why on earth Neil Lennon remains to be in a job, then there’s a easy reply.
The delayed 2019/20 Scottish Cup ultimate, which takes place at Hampden on Sunday afternoon.
Despite relentless strain from followers amid a depressing run that has turned Ten In A Row from an inevitability right into a distant ambition, the Celtic board have caught by their man. They have finished so out of loyalty: they wish to give him the possibility to complete what he began.
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 18, 2020
It would not be truthful to Lennon, they really feel, to forestall him from being the supervisor who brings house the historic, never-before-seen quadruple Treble. He bought them this far – he deserves the possibility to complete the job.
It’s the identical sentiment the supervisor in direction of his gamers heading into their Hampden date with future.
Yet in each circumstances, the loyalty is woefully misplaced.
Ahead of Sunday’s #ScottishCupFinal, tonight’s @TheTerraceTV will see the fellows resolve the 2019-20 Goal of the Cup.
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— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) December 18, 2020
Lennon has seen his group rejuvenated in current weeks. They have taken on a brand new search for matches with Kilmarnock and Lille, with hungry kids David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro taking cost of the midfield. They received each video games, having didn’t win any of their earlier six.
Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and different members of the Celtic old-guard have taken a again seat whereas the brand new faces have starred, and any supervisor value his salt could be trying to capitalise on that renewed vitality, particularly with a big milestone within the membership’s historical past on the road.
Yet Lennon is extra involved with the previous.
“I think I should show a bit of loyalty to some of the boys who’ve been there, done that and got us there,” he mentioned, per Glasgow Live.
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 10, 2020
“There might be one or two of the new faces in there but I’d like to think the hardcore that got us there deserve an opportunity to play in it.”
What the supervisor is admitting right here is that he’s fairly content material to select out-of-form gamers, for a cup ultimate, simply because he needs to. He will choose a much less efficient group out of loyalty to the gamers who’re much less efficient. He’s comfortable to miss those that have earned begins on benefit due to issues that occurred within the distant previous.
Lennon’s quotes additionally trace at a perception that they’ll simply be capable to present up at Hampden and win. That form of complacency and lack of respect for opponents has price them a number of occasions up to now this season and there’s a very actual threat it would occur once more this day out.
Because for all of the Jambos are a Championship group, they’re much better than their place within the Scottish soccer construction suggests. Robbie Neilson has a group filled with worldwide gamers; Craig Gordon, Stephen Kingsley, Craig Halkett, Michael Smith, Steven Naismith, Liam Boyce, all of whom could be at house in groups far nearer to Celtic’s stage than Hearts’.
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— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) December 18, 2020
After a 12 months of gross mismanagement finally led to their relegation, they’re as soon as once more being led by a training group who appear to know what they’re doing.
They warmed up for the ultimate with a 6-1 victory over Queen of the South and that was not incongruous with how their season has gone up to now.
Celtic followers been livid with their supervisor’s reluctance to adapt and what it may price them. Now simply as that has lastly proven indicators of change for the higher, right here he’s, about to revert to what wasn’t working. It has turn out to be indefensible – even Chris Sutton has joined the bandwagon.
?️ Record Celtic Podcast: Chris Sutton believes Neil Lennon should ditch participant loyalty @chris_sutton73 @MichaelGannon + Craig Swan#CelticFC pic.twitter.com/xT6XQii7Tu
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) December 16, 2020
If Celtic fail to elevate the Scottish Cup this weekend then absolutely Lennon can be gone. Reports have urged he has till the Old Firm derby at the New Year it doesn’t matter what occurs but it surely’s tough to see how he may presumably recuperate from fumbling this one.
A win, by any means, would preserve him alive in the interim.
If misplaced loyalty does prevail over frequent sense, nonetheless, then it may properly be one other depressing afternoon within the dreary Glasgow climate.