Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Why the poor atmosphere for Celtic domestically?

Why the poor atmosphere for Celtic domestically?

I, along with every other Celtic fan will remember the day we played Motherwell on the last day of the season and won 3-0. Despite losing the league, we celebrated like we had won it.

That game will live long in my memory. A packed Celtic Park sang for 90 minutes, took part in a full-stadium huddle, and this was after Rangers were 3-up after 15 minutes at Rugby Park, and won the league.
The roar after Neil Lennon declared “This isn't the end, this is just the beginning” made the hair on the back of my neck stand-up and there was a massive lump in my throat. What has happened to this kind of atmosphere and passion at Celtic Park, away from European nights?

Neil Lennon said he wanted to bring the thunder back to Celtic Park when he first arrived. He did this and then some.

In a season where sectarian bigots threatened the life of our manager and his family, the club united and stood right behind Lennon and the team.

After Mowbary’s tenure, the club needed a lift.

Even when it came to European nights (albeit Europa League) Celtic struggled to get 40,000.

Every single week when Lennon was first in charge, the atmosphere was electric. Didn’t matter if we were playing Rangers or anyone else in the league, Celtic Park would be full.

I do think the treatment of Lennon away from football played a part in this.This video sums up perfectly what I’m trying to say.

The SFA would be making "honest mistakes" against us every week and fans were being allowed to gain access to the dugout to attack Lennon.

Lennon reminded every single one of us what it was like to be a Celtic fan again. We lost that under Mowbary.

Lennon was a legend as a player and he was exactly what we needed.

Despite beating Barcelona and competing magnificently overall in the Champions League, when it comes to domestic form, the fans are just as a flat as the players. The Green Brigade try their best, but they alone can’t get the whole stadium going. Doesn't help when they aren't there, mind you.

It’s brilliant that our manager can now manage the club without fearing for his, and his family’s life. I do, however, feel this played a part in bringing the thunder back.

Money and no Rangers also play a part, but I won’t bore you by going into that.

If we do qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, which I full believe we will do, I hope the players can gain some confidence and properly kick-off their league campaign. This would certainly go some way to bringing the punters back to Parkhead.

If you took the time to read this, thank you! I would appreciate your opinions on why you think the atmosphere is decreasing domestically and also what I could do to improve my blogging! Hail Hail. 

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