Neil Lennon’s celebration video from Celtic’s 3-2 win over Lille last night has gone viral on social media as it looks like it might not be over yet for the manager.
It is safe to say that there has not been much to be happy about for Neil Lennon over the past several months. With Celtic struggling badly, there have been calls for him to be removed as manager from the majority of the fanbase.
But the board have decided to stuck with him and pretty much given him this year to turn things around. And hopefully last night was the beginning of that.
Having managed just a solitary point from their first five games in the Europa League, this game was a dead rubber for the hosts. Lennon took the opportunity to play some of the fringe players, hoping that the fresh approach would break the chain of bad form and it quite certainly did.
David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro emerged as first-team contenders and it will hard for the manager to keep the duo out when he names the team on Sunday to take on Kilmarnock. Similarly, Conor Hazard made his case to be the first choice keeper with both Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas struggling to nail down their spot in the team.
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It was Turnbull who came up with the winner on the night with a brilliant finish from Kristoffer Ajer’s cutback/cross. And Lennon’s celebration on the touchline was shared by many fans and went viral on social media.
For the past few months, the manager has been a sulking figure, with many questioning whether he still has the desire to succeed at the club. Thus, it is great to see proof that the fire still burns.
It is vital for the Hoops now to use this win to bounce back. In that regard, the next two games are going to be important. A win against Kilmarnock will make sure that the gap with the Rangers does not increase further while a win the following Sunday at Hampden Park against Hearts will secure the Scottish Cup and a fourth straight Treble, something no team in history has ever achieved.