A 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen last weekend means that Celtic’s dream of an invincible season have been dashed.
Neil Lennon’s side won’t have an unbeaten league season, nor will there be a domestic double with Celtic having been eliminated in the Scottish FA Cup by Aberdeen and the League Cup in a shock-defeat at home to lowly Greenock Morton.
In Europe, Celtic suffered perhaps the biggest disappointment of all. After the emotional and dramatic comeback in their play-off against Shakhter Karagandy, finishing bottom of their Champions League group has meant no European football after Christmas.
Without Rangers – or any other decent form of a direct rival in the league - a
title win was always a virtual-guarantee for Celtic.
Without any domestic double or treble and without a last 16 spot in the Champions League or even a run in the latte stages of the Europa League, it means Celtic’s season will have an empty feeling come May when the inevitable Scottish Premier League title gets paraded around Celtic Park during the last home game of the season.
Even if it forms part of a much-desired 10-in-a-row, a league title without anything else gives the feeling that this season will have been a disappointment.
Perhaps it’s time for Neil Lennon to make some big changes to his squad as signs are
beginning to show that the players may have gotten bored of a challenge they’ve accomplished before.
Those who’ve lost the ambition should be shipped out for those who’ve previously watched on with envy. Great managers have often made changes to winning teams to keep the success lasting a little longer, perhaps Lennon should too.
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