NEIL LENNON is getting a lot of unjust criticism with many Celtic fans forgetting the bhoys were stale long before Brendan Rodgers left the building. There are some out there who think struggling through games is a new issue, however, this was a pre-existing condition. By struggling I mean performance wise because if you try to criticise the team you have certain fans with their fingers in their ears chanting “undefeated since January”.
We tumbled to December with so many injuries, lost at Ibrox then came back after the January break with three loan signings and a permanent striker. The loan signings sparked us back into life with Weah and Burke especially giving us fresh energy.
While some want to blame Neil for the performances, he’s not the overall problem BUT is he now part of the problem?
Neil’s reluctance to play loan players is quite baffling as he himself might not be there at the end of the season but knows he can make a contribution before that.
You have Filip Benkovic sitting on the bench and he’s our best defender at the club. We have Timo Weah who has struggled to get back into the side ahead of Jonny Hayes or even Scott Sinclair. The biggest one and perhaps the most confusing Neil Lennon decision of all is the reluctance to play Oliver Burke.
The bhoy has fantastic talent and no he isn’t the finished article but he can certainly do a job for the club. The game against Kilmarnock a perfect example of Neil not fancying Oli at all with the winger turned frontman ignored on the bench when Edouard was shattered.
Edouard was out on his feet with 15 minutes to go and yet Neil didn’t want to bring Burke on to cause Killie problems as they pushed for an equaliser.
It was only two months ago a lot of Celtic fans wanted the Scottish international player signed on a permanent deal and now he seems to be nowhere. Why is Neil not giving Oli a chance? If it’s just down to him being a loan player then it’s ridiculous.