Neil Lennon has revealed that he is looking to add a psychologist to his backroom staff.
In an interview with The Athletic Dermot Desmond suggested that the players may be suffering from a mental block when it comes to Champions League qualifiers. Some fans would counter by saying that summer signings haven’t been made in time to be integrated into the team.
Sports Psychologists have been around football for over 20 years but haven’t been fully accepted in the same way as nutrition or video analysis has been adapted into the game.
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It’s an on-going process, something in the offing for more than a year.
Celtic’s backroom staff has changed very little since Lennon took over as caretaker at the end of February 2019.
Damien Duff was promoted then replaced by Gavin Strachan with John Kennedy and Stevie Woods in key positions long term.
In the nineties Tom Lucas had a stint at Celtic as Sports Psychologist but in recent times it has been viewed more as an individual issue rather than a matter to be dealt with across an entire squad.