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‘Too many poor performances for the liking of the support’ What Lennon said on the demise of Deila

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Neil Lennon hasn’t been slow to voice his displeasure at the views of his critics this season.

Andy Walker was a very obvious recent target for the Celtic manager who has been just as dismissive of the views coming from supporters.

When The Cynic website asked him if he could understand concerns from fans about the way the season was going he rounded on them with a list of previous successes while claiming that the club was brilliantly run.

Just under five years ago the fans were making their views known about Ronny Deila as the form of his team collapsed.

Chucking away a place in the Champions League to a Malmo side led by Jo Inge Berget was the start of the slippery slope. Celtic had a disastrous- and winless- campaign in the Europa League that included back-to-back defeats from Molde as the fans started to stay away in their droves.

In January Ross County knocked Celtic out of the League Cup at Hampden, while the league campaign shuddered on the Scottish Cup Semi Final defeat on penalties was a step too far for all concerned.

Within a couple of days Deila had announced that he was leaving. Having been sacked by Bolton a month earlier Lennon was happy to play the pundit, join his good friend Peter Martin and spell out the reasons why it was all over for the Norwegian.

Despite even worse results and performances this season Lennon has made it clear that he sees no reason why he should give up the lucrative job of managing Celtic.

I feel for him. I think that he has mentioned himself in his interviews that the last six months that the improvements had sorted of stopped. I think that Sunday (Scottish Cup semi-final defeat) was a real marker for where both teams were.

In terms Rangers have improved, Celtic haven’t improved so he was under a lot of pressure going into the game anyway and they haven’t really won the big games this season which is pretty unlike Celtic.

This time last year you could definitely see that they were starting to hit a bit of form and play really good football. There has been too many poor performances for the liking of the support, and obviously now the board as well.

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