Neil Lennon believes it was the right thing to do to call out his players after the St Mirren defeat and had he not done so, it would have been a dereliction of his duties as Hoops boss.

The manager slaughtered the players and let it be known they were letting him down and some wanted out of the club.

On Tuesday, they got a 4-0 win at Kilmarnock but the scoreline did flatter the performance. It was by no means the typical 4-0 drubbing you would see Celtic hand out on a good day.

It was effective and the bhoys were good enough on the night to make sure they got all three points and got a bit of fortune to keep a clean sheet.

Asked if his calling out of the players, in hindsight, was warranted, the Celtic gaffer was unequivocal:

“I think so, I think it would be a dereliction of my duty if I didn’t think it was the right thing to do.” The Celtic manager explained to CelticTV.

“I don’t do it that often, maybe during my first spell I did it a little bit more because I was a bit more emotional in those days.

“I think when you lose a game at home, you dominate the game and don’t affect the opposition as much as we should have and do the basics of the game, that has to be an endpoint for the team

“I have to come out and take responsibility for the performance but the players have to be accountable at times too.”

Asked about the level in training not matching the level of performance on the park, the Celtic manager was less sure about what’s going on. However, he again points to anomalies this season and the abnormal nature of COVID time football.

“It’s a strange one, this season has brought up a lot of strange anomalies, it’s very difficult to analyse when you look at the body language and energy, it was lacking at the weekend, we got it back two or three days later, without having to do anything miraculous on the training ground. “

Celtic take on Motherwell, hoping to make it back to back wins in the league. They will come up against very resolute side who have had a bounce under new a new manager. It will be up to the team to make sure they can get the job done on the day.


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