Neil Lennon makes major U-turn after Wednesday’s outburst

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has just made a major reversal on comments he made about players after Wednesday night’s match against Ferencvaros.

Celtic lost 2-1 against Ferencvaros at Parkhead on Wednesday night during a Champions League qualifying match. The loss means that have been thrown down to the Europa League qualifiers and have once again failed to reach the Champions League Group Stage along with all of its potential cash. Celtic manager Neil Lennon was fuming afterwards.

Neil Lennon inexplicably played Ryan Christie at the centre-forward position after Odsonne Edouard was declared unfit due to a thigh injury. Rather than play one of the other strikers that is fit and have come into the club for this exact reason, Lennon decided to not learn from past mistakes and inject a player out of position. This is not the first time a potential shot at the Champions League has been blown due to this exact mistake.

Rather than take direct ownership after the match, Lennon decided to take a swipe at players by saying that if players don’t want to be on the club then they can leave. Not only was in unprofessional, that is a good way to lose the support of the players and supporters. One only need to look towards social media to see what fans have been saying.

Knowing that he was wrong, Lennon has now come out with a massive u-turn on his recent comments. Speaking at the press conference ahead of this weekend’s match this what Lennon had to say:

"“The players have got great mentality and great experience.“They don’t get too high when things go well or too low when they don’t. We try and keep a balance.“The best thing they can do is get back out and play.”"

Celtic will need a convincing result against Motherwell to get back on track for the season. Aside from the KR Reykjavik, the Hoops have scored three goals in the last three games with two being deflected. Hardly the performance expected from a club looking for its tenth in a row league championship.

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