Alongside the smiles and laughter Neil Lennon made sure that he mentioned that the 1-0 defeat to Ross County encapsulated Celtic’s season. He used that line with Sky Sports, his general media conference and also BBC Scotland.
Rob MacLean and Lennon both knew that their post-match interview had to cover more than just an unlucky defeat as the hoops again lost out to a goal from a set-piece.
The Celtic boss has been under-fire from supporters on a number of fronts. From team selection, tactics and substitutes to his dismissive manner of any criticism.
He’s been happy to lump the blame on the players a number of times without ever accepting that perhaps he might be at fault with no one in the squad showing an improvement on last season.
Asked if he was the man for a summer rebuild Lennon said:
Yes, I would say so. I’ve done it before so why I can’t be the one to do it? So far I’ve not been told anything otherwise. love this job, I love the club. This has been a difficult season in a number of ways but you always want to rebuild and go again.
When MacLean tried to follow it up the interview came to a halt.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon rues a “hugely damaging” Scottish Premiership defeat by Ross County.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) February 21, 2021
3 minutes 40 seconds, interview ends
Lennon is next due to face the media on Friday to preview Saturday’s home match against Aberdeen.