The Doc’s Prescription - Lennon must learn to lose gracefully!

Celtic's manager Neil Lennon during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 25, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's manager Neil Lennon during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 25, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

There is nothing wrong with managers strongly defending their players and indeed, themselves but there is a fine line between doing what’s right and making excuses.

Having been frustrated in their bid for a treble, Celtic manager, Neil Lennon is blaming everyone in his sight except that is, his misfiring players or his own tactical naivety.

The Celtic boss believes that poor refereeing cost them the League Cup final against Kilmarnock.

Admittingly the last gasp penalty appeal by Anthony Stokes could have been given but all that would have done is guaranteed extra time if the kick had been converted.

Also it looked to me as if, tactically, Lennon was out out-thought and indeed out-fought by a Killie side that played with a five man midfield that Celtic appeared to have no idea how to counter-act.

Lennon didn’t turn up for the pre-match media event before the St Johnstone game claiming there was “no balance in the media when it comes to the Hoops”.

In between, of course, there was the game against a supposedly demoralised Rangers at Ibrox which Celtic again managed to lose 3-2.

Of course Lennon got himself sent off thereby making sure the headlines would be about that particular event and not the comprehensive defeat by a very ordinary Rangers side.

If Lennon is going to be a successful manager he will have to learn to accept defeat gracefully and set his teams up to win when it really matters.

He has achieved neither so far but for his own future in the game he needs to step back and reassess his priorities.

Read more from the Doc in the Journal on Tuesday