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Culture change needed- Neil Lennon’s post Sparta message

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Neil Lennon said that there will have to be a change in culture at Celtic following the 4-1 home defeat from Sparta Prague.

Ten days ago the Celtic boss issued a spirited defence of the squad after three matches without a win.

A draw in Lille and win over Aberdeen suggested that a corner had been turned but tonight’s defeat- the third home match in a row- was a new low point for the season.

From the first whistle Celtic look disjoined with no real pattern of play. As the second half progressed with various changes of formation it appeared that the players had lost interest as opponents who had lost back-to-back to Lille and AC Milan ended up toying with Lennon’s squad.

Where the balance of blame lies between players and management is up for debate but every manager knows that it is easier and cheaper to change the dug out than the dressing room.

Covering his post-match media conference, The Sun reports:

First half we started off okay then we got really ragged with the ball. We’ve lost a goal from a set play again which is a lack of hunger. The first contact, it shouldn’t even happen. It’s not even a great corner. We’re so lackadaisical and that summed up our night.

I don’t know where that performance came from and I can only apologise to our supporters but the players know that’s totally unacceptable. The hungrier team won tonight and that’s on the players. I’ll have to change the culture. I’ll have to have a sea change over the next few days.

I defend the players to the hilt but I can’t defend that tonight. There was definitely a lack of hunger there tonight and that’s unacceptable. Fingers will point at the manager which is fine but there was a strong team out tonight. It was lackadaisical, lazy at really important points of the game and Sparta really deserved the win

Whether Lennon gets the chance to carry out that culture change is far from certain. The fans are now looking to Peter Lawwell for action or answers on a season that is unravelling fast.

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