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Scandalous mismanagement and neglect- Neil Lennon signing hits out at Celtic hierarchy

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Kris Commons has hit out at the scandalous mismanagement of Celtic that Ange Postecoglou has had to manage.

Back in January 2011 Neil Lennon signed his former Nottingham Forest team-mate who hit the ground running with an instant run of goals.

Commons left Celtic in 2017 after failing to get near Brendan Rodgers’ squad and retired soon after due to injury.

With his contacts inside the club he has been able to follow events closely with the heights achieved under Rodgers almost all washed up as Postecoglou takes up the job.

Since the signing of Odsonne Edouard in June 2018 barely any new signing has made any serious impact with Chris Jullien the only exception.

Recruitment at Celtic seems to be haphazard at best with names such as Vakoun Bayo, Marian Shved, Ismaila Soro, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Boli Bolingoli and Patryk Klimala coming in and out of the club, barely making an impact.

Jeremie Frimpong was the project signing that made an instant impact but over the same time period Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor have had their careers stagnate.

Picking up on his column in the Daily Mail, The Sun reports Commons saying:

Celtic have made their worst start to a season for over 20 years. For the manager and the players, there’s no way you can possibly sugar-coat something like that or put a positive spin on it.

It’s a damning indictment of where the club is at just now and a by-product of the scandalous mismanagement and neglect behind the scenes in recent years.

With the game locked away at 1-1 yesterday, Ange Postecoglou would obviously have wanted to make a change but he had a glaring lack of options on the bench.

The only two subs he brought on – Adam Montgomery and Ismaila Soro – are both defensive-minded players and both were enforced by injuries to other players.

I know there are a few injuries and absentees at the moment, but it shows how bad the recruitment has been in recent years that there can be a complete absence of any attacking players on the bench.

Summer signings Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide look to be heading down the same path as Connell, O’Connor and Afolabi with neither making the bench yesterday.

The intake of 2021 look to be a mixed bunch, Kyogo Furuhashi is clearly a Postecoglou signing but there are doubts over the influence that the manager had on a number of other players brought in.

In March Nick Hammond left as Head of Football Operations without any sign of a successor- leaving the club without any recognisable recruitment structure.

With fans back inside the ground this season the directors will be left in no doubt about the level of discontent from supporters if this season shows similarities to the nightmare campaign a year ago.

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  • Peter cassidy says:

    We where told for years liewell was doing a fantastic job running celtic well we know now that was bull$hit celtic over the last 10 years have sold all of the best players we had which looked good on the balance sheet but neglected champions leauge places for some mad reason the blue pound ow we have no assets to sell watch the balance sheet next year and no champions leauge celtuc will be in deep trouble regarding finances unless we find a gem of a player to sell how the so called top business men have let celtic get into this position is a disgrace Desmond and the board need to get out of celtic and some new faces with money to invest to take us forward this present lot have ruined celtic with there greed and lack of vision.i doubt we will win the leauge this year and next played 7 matches dropped 11 points that’s a wake up call to all of our fans this team and management just not good enough at present might end up as bad as last year or worse hope I am wrong.

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