The Celtic boss was clearly not amused by some of the comments made by the former Rangers man about his players and has demanded an apology.
There is no hiding from the fact that Celtic have been nowhere near their best lately. The club returned from the international break with a terrible performance against the Rangers that saw them lose 2-0 at home against their biggest rivals. And what’s worse is the fact that they did not even put up a fight.
While things clearly need to improve, it is also undeniably that the squad has been left shaken by the number of players who have been ruled out due to injury, testing positive or being in contact with people who did.
That did not stop former Rangers man, Maurice Ross, from making controversial comments about the team, Griffiths and Ajeti. Despite being a coach at Motherwell, he said:
“That starting 11 was probably the weakest I’ve seen from them in 20 years.
“Griffiths, struggling for fitness? How long does he take to get fit that boy, Ajeti?”
Neil Lennon was clearly left angry by comments made by someone who is still working for another Premiership team. As reported by The Scottish Sun, the Celtic boss said:
“I think Motherwell, as a club, have really good people there and they found it embarrassing as well.
“And to be honest with you, I found the comments embarrassing for Maurice rather than anyone else.
“He’s an employee of another Premiership team and I don’t think he should be making any comment at all on any other team or any other players.”
He further added:
“The comments, in particular on Ajeti, on Griffiths, on the money that Shane Duffy may or may not be on, I think were abysmal.
“There is a professional standard, a professional etiquette, a professional respect and I think Maurice was lacking in all three of those.
“I don’t think he owes me an apology, I think he owes my players an apology, I think he owes my coaching staff an apology and I think he owes my club an apology.
“I think he owes his own club an apology too.”
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Celtic have much bigger things to worry about at the moment than Maurice Ross’ comments. The club lost to AC Milan in the Europa League as well after the Glasgow Derby debacle. And they will cannot afford to come out with anything other than three points when they face Aberdeen this Sunday.
It is arguable that Neil Lennon’s job is on the line at the moment. The team has not started well in one of the most important seasons in their history. And things don’t seem to be getting any better. A few more bad results and the manager might be shown the exit door by the board, who did back him in the transfer window this time round.
Of course, that is not ideal as it will leave the club scrambling to find a new manager, who might time to settle in himself. Thus, the best thing moving forward would be for Lennon to fix things and get the team performing once again. Otherwise, we are in big trouble.