It must be a slow news day.
The mainstream media tales today about how Neil Lennon is “set to face Celtic fans” for the first time is both ridiculous and factually incorrect.
It is the definition of a non-story.
There really is nothing to see here at all.
When I read the headlines I assumed he was coming back to Parkhead as a guest of the club or something.
That would have been controversial right now.
But of course, he’s not doing that at all; he’s appearing, with Paul Lambert, at a private ticketed event.
So I’m moved to wonder, what’s the big deal? The Lennon fan club can go and pay homage to the hero.
The rest of us can ignore the whole thing.
We can find a better use for £40.
It’s a personal choice thing, not an imposition, so I think very few people who aren’t already going to attend care either way.
The club itself has moved on and so have most fans.
On top of that, the notion that this will be Lennon’s first contact with Celtic fans since he was sacked is plainly stupid as well.
Unless he’s been living on another planet or in self-isolation for the past seven months he’s met plenty of them whilst out and about and it doesn’t seem to have caused him or the fans themselves any ill effects.
This is the media inventing a controversy and looking for a handful of Celtic fan reactions to justify their lurid headlines.
Lennon is not Mr Popular and he might not be again for a very long time, but he retains enough support within the ranks that I’ve no doubt the night in question will be well attended and all involved will enjoy it.
But really … Lennon is in the past and this club is looking to the future.
Everything else is a distraction, and this story is a particularly dumb one.