When It Comes To Returning To Celtic, Neil, Yes … You Should Say Never.

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When I wrote the other day that Neil Lennon is talking very much like a man who has accepted that his managerial career is over and that he’s got his heart set on punditry, I never imagined that in fact there is still a part of him who believes he will return to the dugout and might even do so again at Celtic Park. And I wonder; is this guy delusional?

Neil Lennon is never returning to Celtic Park in any coaching capacity.

I’ve written that before and I’ve been wrong. But I’m not wrong this time. All his excuses and justifications and failures to accept that he was in any way responsible for the stunning collapse in his last year as boss, are like a piece of evidence for the prosecution. How can a manager have learned lessons from his mistakes if he doesn’t believe he made any?

Besides, what does he believe the path back to Celtic would look like?

He would need to go off and achieve something momentous in the game, and prove that he had grown and developed into a top class boss.

This is a guy who was sacked by Bolton and Hibs between holding the Celtic job the first time and the second time, and yet somehow got the gig again anyway.

Three months ago he lost his job in the Cypriot League … this is not a guy progressing towards a top job but one whose career is hurtling backwards.

Yet he talks as if returning to Celtic one day would be like the Prodigal Son coming home at last, and even as if it were somehow in his gift to do this and that he would be welcomed if the chance ever arose again as a result of some outbreak of lunacy in our boardroom?

Neil Lennon’s return would not be welcomed, except by a tiny minority of our support which has forgotten the adage that the club is bigger than any one man and who are instead more representative of a personality cult.

I actually couldn’t believe those comments when I read them. It’s as if he just doesn’t comprehend what happened here and how completely those bridges are burned.

The first time he left I was sure we’d never see him back again, but that ended much more amicably than his second departure went and that he doesn’t understand that is bad enough.

But our fans have seen a glimpse of the club we could have, with progressive, forward thinking leadership and as a whole would not tolerate any state of affairs which sent us backwards and Lennon takes you backwards whether you’re Celtic or one of the three other clubs whose fans can attest to that fact.

“You should never say never,” he says as if he’d be courted, as if our club will at some point realise the error of its ways and beat the path back to his door.

But actually, Neil, you should. First accept it and then say it. Say never.

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  • Scud Missile says:

    Oh dear James LIEWELL is back and if he wants the ALKIE back he will bring him back.
    The fans have no say in it,LIEWELL walks all over people that includes the fans.
    He has been allowed to get away with denying the 5 Way Agreement and any involvement in that and no consequences for him though the fans know he is behind it.
    So bringing back the ALKIE will be chicken feed as the fans sit back and accept anything thrown at them and LIEWELL knows,the fans know who calls the shots and it ain’t them,the LIAR is back accept it what he says goes.

  • Roonsa says:

    I could possibly (and even this is a stretch) see him return in a directorial role given how Lawwell likes to see his pals do alright. Maybe he will announce it after the Scottish Cup Final. Bad news. Ange is leaving. Good news. Lenny is director of football and we are currently looking for a yes man to sook his ginger baws.


  • Johnny Green says:

    Despite Neil’s negative points, he is still our 3rd most successful manager for winning league titles. His 5 wins only bettered by Willie Maley and Jock Stein. He will always have my respect, but no, I don’t want him back.

    • Kevan McKeown says:

      Aye and none of those other managers shirricked responsibility, or treated the support with disgraceful contempt and disrespect like he did. There’s a difference.

    • Michael Collins says:

      I don’t want him back either, he should never had been appointed manager either of the two times, but as a rookie manager, did he not hold his own against the “great” Walter Smith?

      • Kevan McKeown says:

        Aye well, ah guess that entitles him tae treat like shite, the very people who stuck by him through thick and thin when it goes wrong for his conceited view of himself.

    • Gerry says:

      Lennys time at Celtic was great at the start but unfortunately he lost his way in the latter years thanks Neil Lennon but no thanks

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Ah find maself in strange territory here, actually agreein wi almost everythin the scud commented on there. Lennon talks exactly like the narcissist he is. Full of self importance and severely deluded intae beleivin the support would accept it. Clearly thinks we suffer from some sort of mass amnesia. And btw, ah wouldnae for one minute, put it past lawwell & Desmond tae ‘invite’ him back in some sort of capacity and he certainly has the arrogance tae jump at it. After all it’s still the auld pals act. If they attempt it, the Celtic support should never stand for it.

  • Stesano says:

    I never for one second softened on this guy some have and look he back talking nonsense this amatuer had some of Celtic worst domestic result in our history !! Lost like 5 straight Hampden cup finals and semis he had no right ever to be in charge of our club , and I sick of repeating this also but I will again! He was no Celtic man yeah he played for us but we know the Real deals!! Big Roy, Danny , Tommy , the maestro even Peter Grant and guy like Wee Frank God bless him , Davie Provan and wee Murdo those last two love the club way more that this little entitled fraud. I never want to here of him again please can we just let him do whatever it is he does he will never be back it was a disgrace lawell brought him back and Rodgers won that Treble Treble he created that team, coached them and made the winners not that amatuer that guy is deluded sickness me he been made a multi millionaire from by a convient puppet to lawell as that is all he ever was and a bang in fact below average manager as he proved go away Lennon give us peace!! Add in his weirdo behaviour off the field with females and God know how he was ever considered no just go away you chancer! You showed the fans contempt also and turned on us knowing how it be soun in a hun media unforgivable all to felt from your massive failings! And 99 percentage of us will never forget it now beat it!

  • Stesano says:

    How it be spun , and to deflect from your failings

  • Woodyiom says:

    The bigger point is that its the club who should (and will) be saying NEVER – Neil’s time as Celtic manager has been and gone – some of it glorious some of it not so. He should be welcome to attend Celtic Park whenever he wants as an invited guest or as a paying fan/spectator just like the rest of us but in no other capacity.

  • Stesano says:

    So your not posted my comment very poor very!

  • king murdy says:

    with every day this delusional fool opens his big mouth……..ffs !!!!
    he shouldn’t have got the gig first time around…..and as for the second….and with the arrogant bastard that is lawwell back in the house…who knows…
    along with the rat johnston…i actually hate lennon…and he’s back now hanging around like a bad smell….mooching around looking for work….at least johnston fuqd off to america…
    it’s betond me the dicks on here defending him…..ffs

    • Stesano says:

      Totally agree mhate and that empowers his deluded thinking he not welcome ever! Our club and support were too good to that utter fraud! And he is!

  • Stevie Bhoy says:

    Neils comments come straight after January 1st 2023 where Celtic took on a new chairman.
    I hate to say it again but welcome to life under Lawell pt2

    Utterly disgraceful

    • Stesano says:

      My my first thought also an unemployable amatuer that lawell made a multi millionaire disgusting really ” Celtic man” give me strength makes me sick!

  • Gerry says:

    Lennys time at Celtic was great at the start but unfortunately he lost his way in the latter years thanks Neil Lennon but no thanks

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