Celtic managers usually have to win over the Green Brigade but for Neil Lennon it’s the Groan Brigade who are proving tough to please.
There is going to be a section of the support who will simply never give him a chance because they didn’t want him back as full-time boss in the first place.
I can’t believe the grumblings after just two competitive games – and wins – as Celtic sailed through their toughest ever first-round Champions League
qualifier against Sarajevo with a 5-2 aggregate win.
How does the famous saying go? You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
The negativity from a large section of the support who didn’t want Lennon was probably inevitable but it will only have an adverse effect on the team and the club as a whole.
But it simply isn’t fair in the same way it wasn’t fair to judge Brendan Rodgers after they lost to Lincolin Red Imps in his first game in charge.
Celtic are nowhere hnear the finished article and any blame for that shouldn’t lie on Neil Lennon’s shoulders at this moment in time because it’s the board’s job to back him in terms of recruitment.
Peter Lawwell walked into the showers at Hampden after the Scottish Cup final and offered Neil Lennon the job and he shouldn’t have done that without giving him the tools to work with.
And Neil shouldn’t have put himself in the position where he took the job unless he was going to be assured of those tools and given a proper chance.
Listen, if Celtic are left with what they’ve got at the moment then they are taking a huge risk going into the season as it would leave the door open for Rangers but the transfer window hasn’t closed yet.
There’s a lot of work to be done and everyone, including Neil Lennon, realises that. But to be criticsed after winning 5-2 on aggregate? I just don’t get it.
Andre Villas-Boas was another name to excite fans but he hasn’t made the best start at Marseille after pre-season defeats at Accrington Stanley and a 4-0 loss to Rangers - and that’s for a reported £6 million a year.
It’s unfair to judge him on pre-season results but you get my point and, as with any manager who goes into a new job, Neil Lennon should be judged on results and performances as time goes by.
He knows the pressure at the Old Firm and how you can’t afford any slips. It’s important they get past Estonians Nomme Kalju in the next round and go from strength to strength.
The difficulty for Celtic, as with all Scottish clubs, is that European football comes around so quickly and hits them all hard.
And that’s why there are areas in the Celtic team where I’m surprised they’ve left it so late to recruit such as the right back position and up front.
Mikael Lustig is gone a long time now and that is the real issue. Kris Ajer has done a good job filling in but you get found out when you go to a higher level.
Israeli international Hatem Abd Elhamed is supposedly close to signing and Danny Simpson is reportedly arriving for a trial on Monday but the fact they’re going into these games without a recognised right back is a huge issue.
And I like Odsonne Edouard but it’s tough to imagine going into a Champions League play-off tie without him so they’re a hamstring injury to the Frenchman away from a disaster.
Neil Lennon spoke after the game on Wednesday about Leigh Griffiths not being up to speed but you can’t afford to carry players in these qualifiers.
It also looks like Celtic will lose their star left back Kieran Tierney, a major influence on the team, with Boli Mbombo his long term replacement.
Will the Belgian be as good as Tierney? Probably not but we’re talking about Tierney going on to great things and it’s unfair to judge Mbombo after two games.
The first game he was chucked in over in Sarajevo after hardly any training and he’s being criticsed by some after a mistake at Parkhead which led to Sarajevo’s consolation goal.
We’re in an age where we judge players virtually immediately but the guy needs to be given a chance and judged over a period as he had a lot of energy and looked very good physically.
Celtic won the treble last season and in terms of trophies that was a fantastic season but everyone could see that whoever was going to be in charge needed help in the transfer market.
The performance over two legs against FK Sarajevo was more than satisfactory but there’s work to be done. These aren’t friendly games coming up, these are games with real meaning and Celtic have to come through them.