Neil Lennon has urged Celtic fans to BACK THE BOARD as thousands express their anger and frustration about the direction that the club is heading in.
On Monday night the board gave Lennon a Vote of Confidence with the manager returning that tonight by claiming that the board has delivered unparalleled success- highlighting player trading as an example of their successes.
The unparalleled success started in the summer of 2016 on the back of cup semi-final defeats from Ross County and a Championship club. In the previous two years Champions League hopes were ended by Maribor and Malmo, that trend has continued with Cluj and Ferencvaros.
Without question there has been profitable transfer business on Victor Wanyama, Virgil Van Dijk, Fraser Forster and Kieran Tierney. On the other side there has been very costly flops such as Teemu Pukki. Amido Balde and Derk Boerrigter who were all signed in 2013 as well as Marvin Compper, Eboue Kouassi, Jozo Simunovic, Mo Bangura as well as bizarre deals on Carlton Cole, Colin Kazim Richards, Youssouf Mulumbu, Freddie Ljungberg and many more.
The name John McGinn also suggests less than shrewd judgement.
Backing the board, Lennon told the Daily Record:
You have to remember the unparallelled success this board has brought to the club through shrewd investment in players and the training ground and evolving the club as we go along. It has been a fantastic unbelievable period for the club, as good as I can remember in my lifetime anyway.
We don’t want any divisions. I understand the frustrations and the players are feeling that as well. But we don’t like that kind of language or expression anywhere near the football stadium. It serves no purpose really.
In May 2019 Lennon was given a 12-month contract with the club selecting his assistants. During his first spell in charge the Irishman was assisted by former team-mates Alan Thompson, Garry Parker and Johan Mjallby.