You can look at the overall picture with the board and the money being spent or not but Tuesday night’s Champions League exit was so avoidable it hurts that bit more.
No, Peter Lawwell hasn’t done all he can but Neil Lennon’s decision making on the night along with individual errors cost us this tie.
So many fans were confused by the team lineup when it came out on Tuesday evening. No sign of our new left-back in the starting XI, no sign of our £7m centre back and one of our most creative midfielders sitting at left-back; something which was tried back in December by the previous manager and just did not work.
Neil Lennon has now explained why Boli Bolingoli didn’t get into the side and instead he chose to play Callum McGregor and the reason is absurd.
The Irishman left Boli out because he wanted to jam Olivier Ntcham into the team and keep Callum McGregor on the field too.
“I just wanted to get Ntcham into the team.” Lennon confirmed to BBC Scotland before the game as cited by SunSport.
“The more technicians in the team, the better. There’s going to be an adaptation period I’m sure.
“We’ve got good experience in the team tonight and we’re going to need that. Some players take a little bit longer.”
It’s a simple fact that you can’t just stick your best players anywhere and watch them perform. It has been a massive and costly error on Lennon’s part and after the first half, he refused to fix it. When we went ahead, he refused to revert to a more traditional lineup and we shipped FOUR goals at Celtic Park.
You may be screaming at the board today but the loss to Cluj was ridiculously preventable whether you want to admit it or not.