Rangers and Celtic tend to always be only one or two bad results way from disaster. Things looked good for Neil Lennon recently after gaining revenge over Cluj and sitting top of the Premiership after beating Rangers at Ibrox.
That all seems to be forgotten after a turgid defeat away to Livingston today. They were up against it after Ryan Christie’s stupid early red card, but they looked short of ideas and were well beaten in the end.
Opinion has always been split over Lennon since he took over from Brendan Rodgers last season. He looked like the cheap option and his history has shown his teams give up on him after a couple of seasons.
He doesn’t feel like a long term solution for the job, and this defeat has led to some fans questioning his long term future. Some of his tactical decisions were also questioned by these fans on Twitter:
Lennon is embarrassing himself in this @SkySports interview. Just admit you got it wrong! He’s going to cost Celtic this league title!
— ?????? ? (@7govscott) October 6, 2019
This dropping points after European games isn’t anything new to Lennon at Celtic ! His Substitutions are baffling at times !
— Goose (@GerryCurrie93) October 6, 2019
Players and management should be ashamed of themselves.
Lennon tactically outclassed by Gary fucking holt.
Not a single Celtic player even tried today.
— LisBolingoli Lions (@Derek123453) October 6, 2019
Effort over ability is the Lennon way. Laughable. Hayes is never the level of player that should be at Celtic, he gives his best but it ain’t good enough. Neil has favourites he won’t ever drop, was same first time around.
— Scott Fulton (@MrCrowleyoto) October 6, 2019
Neil Lennon is a cracking Plan A manager. When it goes to pan, Celtic look great.
Plan B? He’s woeful. I’ve never seen Celtic change it up during a match under Lennon when it has been required. Cluj, Hibs and now Livi.
— Emrod (@Emrod_lives) October 6, 2019
It’s not unusual to see Old Firm fans enter panic mode after an unexpected defeat so there’s no reason to suggest Rangers will absolutely go on to win the league at this point.
Lennon will need to get a reaction against Ross County in the next game. Rangers can go top if they beat Hamilton at home this afternoon – something that looks incredibly likely.