Celtic's End of Term Report: Lennon's Made Plenty of Rookie Mistakes

Rangers edged the title, but it could have all been different for Celtic had our manager not made some schoolboy errors.
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Rangers edged the title, but it could have all been different for Celtic had our manager not made some schoolboy errors.

As the sun goes down on another enthralling SPL season that saw Rangers just edge the title, Celtic are left to reflect on what could have been. Here's one fans assessment on a year that could be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

The ‘I f******g love this game’ highlight of the season? - Celtic 3-0 Rangers at home, cementing our superiority over our arch rivals and a coming of age for our fledgling manager Neil Lennon.

The season ticket shredding moment? - The 3-2 defeat away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle which has resulted in us blowing the league, and rendering all of this season's good work useless.

Moment that just about summed it all up? - Georgios Samaras late penalty miss at Ibrox. If we'd won that game it would probably have been so different. We've largely been the better team all season than Rangers, but when it's really mattered at "squeaky bum time" we've fallen just short.

Got the right manager? - We definitely do. Neil Lennon's made plenty of rookie mistakes, but he's learning and learning fast. His behaviour's sometimes left a bit to be desired, but he's passionate and hungry for success. He's turned us from a spineless bunch of losers under Tony Mowbary into a team with fight, spirit and a bit of quality too. Next season should hopefully see him coming of age.

Player of the season? - Beram Kayal in the centre of midfield. He spent the early part of the season out injured, but he's been nothing short of a revelation. He can pass, tackle and shoot and at just 22 there's far more to come from him. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him blossom into a top premiership midfielder in the next couple of years.

Muppet of the season? - In fairness we've not had any real scapegoats this season, but Glen Loovens proved himself to be something of a liabiltiy early in the campaign.

What would you change next term if you were the gaffer? - I'd bring in one or two experienced and proven "winners" as Celtic are still a very young team. I'd also try and improve our reputation within Scotland, as we've been at the centre of some pretty high profile controversies this season and I think it's been an unwelcome distraction.....some of it's been our own making, although we have also been harshly dealt with on a few occasions.

We've been at the centre of some pretty high profile controversies this season and I think it's been an unwelcome distraction. Some of it's been our own making, although we have also been harshly dealt with on a few occasions.

Which player would you like to sign? - A really solid and reliable centre back with a bit of pace....they're a bit thin on the ground, I'm hoping Kelvin Wilson we've signed from Forest will do the business.

Best goal? - Gary Hooper's second goal versus Rangers in the 3-0 win at home.

Biggest tosser? - Charlie Mulgrew for leaving his kid in the car in sub zero temperatures.

Player’s tweet of the season? - Joe Ledley - "I'm up and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.....got to go in for treatment soon."

Most inspired chant? - To the tune of 'Aga Do' aimed at El Hadj Diouf- (It's a bit unfulfilling considering we didn't win the league, but still rather amusing!)

Aga Diouf, Diouf, Diouf,
Should have shut his dirty mooth,
Aga Diouf, Diouf, Diouf,
Gary Hooper raised the roof,
To the left, to the right,
Not a happy hun in sight,
F*ck the huns, cause they're s*ite,
Now the trebles green and white!

How do you plan to get through the summer without football? - Drinking and spending most of my free time on Twitter to see what sort of banal activities footballers get up to on their holidays.

Any other news? - At the time of writing the end of the season has been deeply frustrating and unfulfilling given that we've thrown the league and league cup away, but I am optimistic about the future as I think under Neil Lennon we've got a talented young manager who will lead us to success. If we had won the league though, I'd have probably said; "What a season, Neil Lennon is God!!"

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