|Neil Lennon: Source Of All Evil|
|Neil Lennon: Source Of All Evil|
|Written by The Dutchbhoy|
|Saturday, 05 March 2011 17:45|
Neil Lennon is a figure of hatred for many people in Scotland, he is even hated by those who know nothing about him or about football. He was hated even before he set foot in Scotland and he will be hated long after he leaves. His treatment since his arrival in Scotland is a constant reminder of just how deeply rooted and insidious anti-Irish Catholic feeling is in many parts of the best small country in the world.
First and foremost, Neil is hated for being an Irish Catholic, and a Northern Irish Catholic at that. When Neil plied his trade in the relative obscurity of the English East Midlands, Unionists were quite content for the token taig to don the green and white of the occupied North. Lennon would or never could be accepted by the bigots who follow the statelet, but his mere presence automatically strengthened the team. He was merely tolerated as a useful addition, constantly living on borrowed time.
This tacit understanding broke down irrevocably when he had the temerity to sign for Celtic, the antithesis of everything Protestant Ulster stands for. At the moment of signing for his childhood heroes, Neil Lennon’s life changed forever. In the eyes of the disturbed, Lennon had committed a heinous act by signing for the eternal foe.
Before he even kicked a ball in Scotland the man from Lurgan was a marked man. The primitive hatred of Lennon was rationalized by his many detractors by saying that he was ‘combative’ and ‘aggressive’, a man who always sought conflict on the field. Rather than play the sectarian card openly, his critics tried to justify their atavistic hatred of him by pointing towards fundamental flaws in his character. In recent days, I heard the luminary Richard Gough try and use an incident where Neil was kicked in the head by Alan Shearer as a means of illustrating Lennon’s deficiencies!!!
I’ll repeat that just in case you didn’t understand the warped logic that operates when trying to destroy the character of Neil Lennon. Rangers lose 1-0 to Celtic in a game which sees three Rangers players red-carded. Add to that disgraceful statistic, a series of yellow cards for other Rangers players and then you get a sense of what was really happening. Neil Lennon apparently is to blame for the violence, yet only three of his players are yellow carded and several Celtic players are assaulted on the field, narrowly escaping serious injury. And yet, it is Neil Lennon’s fault?
Richard Gough pointed towards certain flaws in Lennon’s character, insinuating that he was the sole cause of the problem. His evidence? An incident that took place in the EPL in 1998, when Neil Lennon was kicked in the head by Alan Shearer!!! This is the level of absurdity and hysteria that the Rangers’ apologists have reached. They cannot think sensibly and rationally when the name of Neil Lennon appears.
The second question regarding the hatred for Neil Lennon, is why is it so intense at this present moment? Very simple, Neil Lennon has created a winning team and a winning mentality. Much has been made of the feel good factor, call it what you will, but by accident or design Neil has made Celtic good to watch again. He is Celtic through and through and he conveys this feeling to his multi-national team. Neil also has managed to assemble a youthful, but very Celtic minded coaching staff who share his passion and vision. Celtic are young, vibrant and good to watch. The demolition of Rangers in four relatively successive games merely highlights Neil’s rapid progress. This more than anything enrages Rangers’ supporters, it was not meant to happen this way.
In their ideal scenario, Walter Smith would crush the taig pretender causing him pain and humiliation. Rangers would cruise to three-in-a-row and Walter would ride off in the sunlight basked in evening glory, while young Alistair heir apparent would kiss his ring.
In the transfer market, Lennon has outsmarted Smith repeatedly. For the price of Kyle Lafferty you can get our three gems and throw in Kris Commons and still have change!
They cannot stomach this man repeatedly putting them to the sword and their worst nightmare is a period of total domination led by Neil Lennon. This would explain the sheer vitriol which is seen in the press, television and radio phone-ins. Neil Lennon has been assaulted, threatened with death and his character has been repeatedly assassinated in print and on air. Were he to be forced out in the summer due to issues of personal safety, it would say much about the state of present day Scotland.
Only idiots would ascribe the incidents on Wednesday evening to the behaviour of Neil Lennon, unfortunately there are many idiots in Scotland who do just that. Celtic as a club are engaged in deadly combat with those who run the game, Neil Lennon is part of the struggle. Future events will vindicate Celtic and Neil, for the time being we need as a man to get behind our manager. He deserves no less. If we lose Neil Lennon, the bigots have won.