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LENNON VS HAMPDEN – THE AFTERMATH

Date: 28th January 2013 at 12:54 pm
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For many fans, making the trip to our national stadium should be an exciting journey and occasion . It should be a day to see the team marching towards yet more silverware. It should feature a side showing bags of enthusiasm and displaying a will to win. It should be backed up with a passionate support by their side.

 

But this is ’s Celtic at Hampden. The attributes above simply do not apply when The Gaffer and his demotivated squad make their way to Mount Florida.

 

How can the we gee ourselves up for games there now, when it’s obvious the players on the park aren’t ?

 

Yesterday, you had guys who have excelled in the Champions League games just going through the motions like it was a bounce game. St Mirren were up for it from the off and caught us out. Some of the players seemed as if their focus last week were on celebrations for Gary Hooper’s birthday and not the semi final of the League Cup. These players are good, very good, but they will never go down as Celtic greats at this rate. It seems to me like these guys are happy with just one trophy per season instead of one or two more. Winning trophies and collecting as many medals as possible should be their biggest motivation to burst a gut at Hampden, yet yesterday they seemed like they’d rather have been already knocked out at an earlier round and watching two other teams on TV.

 

We don’t have a divine right to win games, no matter how superior our resources are compared to every other club in Scotland. We do however, expect to see highly paid individuals put in a shift for 90 minutes. Even for 45 minutes if that’s too much, but all we got was ten minutes out of them.

 

It was, frankly, unacceptable.

 

Throwing away a treble like it’s a piece of overchewed gum is a disgrace. For me, Neil Lennon stills gets away with a lot when we blow it in these matches. Gordon Strachan, deservedly, came in for venomous abuse after achieving unwanted records on a monthly basis in his tenure but THE GAFFER doesn’t seem to get anywhere near the stick Strachan got. I’ll say one thing for Strachan, he knew how to motivate his teams at Hampden. League Cup final wins in 2006 and 2009 as well as a Scottish Cup in 2007 is testament to that. When we reached Hampden under Strachan, the team knew silverware was in sight and didn’t think twice about collecting it. This was with players who were far less talented than the ones we have just now. However, what they lacked in composure and natural ability, they made up for with a hunger and desire to be winners and make it over the line when they’re so near to achieving success.

 

For a team with a multi million pound training complex at their disposal, the manner in which they struggled to pass and move yesterday was alarming. What did they do all week ? Watch the video of THE GAFFER’s phonecall BANTER with the journalists wife ? Lennon himself said they acted like ‘spoiled kids’ and he’s probably right there. Guys like Larsson, Petrov and Sutton all had to train at Barrowfield and time and time again they delivered on the pitch and won several honours while at the club. They were winners. Pure and simple. The Instagram generation we have turning out for us these days probably won’t ever be able to hit the heights like those guys.

 

Yesterday, Lennon once more blamed everyone else except from himself. The ‘Hampden bogey’ was blamed, the players were blamed and the team bus not having enough padding on their seats was more than likely blamed too. Of course, our manager won’t ever come out and say keeping Charlie Mulgrew on the park after his disastrous first half was a mistake. He won’t admit the lack of creativity in the team needs to be rectified. He won’t come out and say he doesn’t have a plan B when things aren’t working out. After the Kilmarnock loss, the ref was blamed for denying us a penalty, not Anthony Stokes failing to hit the ball it first time. After Hearts, it was ‘personal’, but no blame at all for taking our eye off the ball and putting ourselves on the backfoot within 60 seconds of the second half. It’s getting tiresome and far too convenient to not point the finger at him.

 

At 2-1 down yesterday that was it – finished. You could see we weren’t getting another goal. Absolutely deplorable.

 

He does hold a considerable amount of power over the more gullible segment of the Celtic support though. Some of our fans have a cheek to slag off Rangers supporters blind following of Charles Green when, no matter what Neil Lennon does, he’s so untouchable he should get in touch with Brian De Palma. I’m not saying I want him out the door, but when you look back at all the missed opportunities he’s spurned, including blowing the chance to win the league at Ibrox (again – his fault when he picked Cha and Ki for such a powderkeg fixture) you have to question him, yet on our mutual social media site, you’re in the line of fire from the ‘GBNL’ mob if you dare to voice your unhappiness at yet another failure.

 

“Last 16 but!” and “We beat Barca!” can only carry you so far. Strachan achieved successive Last 16’s yet still faced the wrath of the support for a tedious brand of football appealing to sadomasochists. Yes, Neil Lennon deserves credit for progressing from a tough Champions League group, but in football management you’re only as good as your last game and right now, Lennon’s got to pick us and himself back out of the gutter with three points against Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

 

I’ve been criticised on here for not being ‘balanced’ towards Neil Lennon in recent months. After yesterday’s shambles, I would say I’m more than justified to be pissed off with how this squad of players, under his management, churn out complacent performances all too often when it really matters.

 

I’m fed up of seeing us on the losing side at Hampden.

 

Player ratings from yesterday – all 1’s with the exception of Scott Brown, who got pass marks.

 

G B N L .

 

 

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12 thoughts on “LENNON VS HAMPDEN – THE AFTERMATH

  • Bawheidbob
    2 years ago

    Brilliant reading as ever – Team needs to remember Champions League is a bonus this year – Scottish Cup needs to be a big focus now.

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  • johnd
    2 years ago

    …wanyama WILL be the player we need to boss games in the middle of the park, to dictate the pace of the game and dominate. trouble is he wont be playing for the tic then, he’ll be long gone. that is a major hole in all the recent tic teams – a centre of the park enforcer with an ability to take and make a pass… the trouble is that that sort of player is neither cheap nor a youngster so we wont buy that key player we need. neil’s done very well, mistakes aye for sure, but he’s done well enough to merit the fans backing. keep the faith

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  • John
    2 years ago

    I thought we played some great football throughout the game, but, on the day they didn’t go in . . . One of them days. Bar twice, great penalty save etc. Our big problem was shit first touch throughout the team. we gave it away more than they did. If Thomson was wearing a Barcelona shirt for his goal everyone would have said it was world class. Congrats to St. Mirren and glad our cup bad performance was this game and not the big one. As David Coleman once said “They’ll be dancing in the streets of St. Mirren tonight.”

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  • Tom
    2 years ago

    Agree wholeheartedly .
    He has never accepted responsibility for some terrible tactics and poor management decisions.
    The lack of questions on his one dimensional tactics is baffling.
    We have a far higher budget and squad than any other spl team.
    He gets lavish praise for competing in Europe against financially bigger teams .
    But no scrutiny when he has often failed against Spl teams.
    We are a pretty well organized side who for the most part difficult to beat but we should be more creative with the personnel we have.
    We are not the sum of our parts.
    Lennon has the potential to be a good coach but he will have to learn to be more introspective and add to his limited repertoire to become a great one.

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  • mev
    2 years ago

    Nice article, some precise comments regarding NL, To change your system mid way through the 1st half says to me failing to prepare, Results are the gaffers responsibility HH

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  • martin maxwell
    2 years ago

    sometimes we are going to loose against so called inferior opposition e.g. Norwich v Luton Leeds v Spurs Liverpool v Oldham and Chelsea are not out of the woods yet . Ripping the back of the manager is not the answer and referring to the players as spoilt kids is bang out of order as well

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  • chris
    2 years ago

    good read . I was dissapointed with the result and what seemed like a team with no desire to win but i was more shocked by some of the abuse from a small portion of the support not far from me , it was almost hatred towards the manager and players . I disliked that a lot

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  • mikehawthorn1
    2 years ago

    Couldn’t have expressed it better myself…………..Absolutely Spot On mate…………………….his credentials as a manager ie. Motivator, organiser is very very QUESTIONABLE imho…………………………………Far Too MANY let downs for a Celtic manager to which is UNACCEPTABLE and must NOT continue

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  • mikehawthorn1
    2 years ago

    Our recent domestic record under Lennon is nothing short of ABYSMAL if truth be told!!!!!!! No motivation , Desire or Urgency aligned to a distinct lacking in tactical awareness !!!!!! YES , I am aware of his European successes to date BUT and it IS a BIG BUT…………………………….

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  • Dazbhoy
    2 years ago

    Totally agree. That’s 5 at Hampden not to mention Utrecht, Sion and YES we lost to oldco whilst in admin:-( Simply not good enough

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  • pipster1977
    2 years ago

    this site should be called anti celtic blog or anti lennon blog. going to stop loggin into celtic news now if this is the kind of desguised anti celtic stuff thats on it. nlynwacoybig

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    • mikehawthorn1
      2 years ago

      We ARE perfectly Entitled to criticise………..NOT defeats BUT lack of APPLICATION and MOTIVATION…………….it CERTAINLY does NOT make me anti-Celtic my friend………..GROW A PAIR

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