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In episode 34 of the gibfootballshow podcast Andrew this week is joined by Scott Johnston and Mohamad Moallim.

This weeks topics include the Neil Lennon bomb situation in Scotland followed by a look at the SPL and this weekends Old Firm match up between Celtic and Rangers.

Mohamed runs us through the last three weeks left in the Eredivisie season. Also explains the situation in Ajax since Martin Jol left.

Mohamed then takes some questions from twitter, Andrew gives us an update on how Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France are shaping up and we wish Brent good luck in his bid to become host of World Football Daily.

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gibfootballshow – Episode 34 – Neil Lennon, Celtic v Rangers and the Eredivisie by gibfootballshow

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I’d like to welcome the Editor of World Football Columns – Martin Palazzotto to gibfootballshow, Martin is an outsider from a Scottish football point of view, no bias, no conspiracy just a fantastic writer. Here is his take on the Neil Lennon situation.

When I was a kid, like every other, I would go to my father whenever my mother said I couldn’t have something that I wanted.  If he said no too, well, that was what grandparents were for.  I think that’s where the legal appeals process originated.

Like my childhood self, Celtic manager Neil Lennon doesn’t enjoy taking no for an answer.  It’s been two months since the “Hassle at the ‘Castle” but Lennon has refused to give up the fight or his paranoid conspiracy theories regarding Scottish referees.

I mean, everyone has calls go against them but when you’re Celtic, part of the Old Firm, the most storied club in the land and there’s only one other team to worry about, Rangers, who are now chasing you rather than vice versa, thanks to the biggest snowfall the country has seen since Sean Connery first said “Hello Moneypenny” back in 1962, you have to believe you’re getting more than your share of the breaks.

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Finally after a long wait Neil Lennon was confirmed as Celtic’s new manager this morning at a Live Press Conference, there was no confirmation about his assistants the thoughts are that  ex-Celt Alan Thompson and ex-Leicester City teammate Gerry Parker, Johan Mjallby will be his assistants.

It had been the worst kept secret in football, weeks of stories linking Celtic to player targets with no one in charge just solidified to me the fact that Lennon would be Celtic’s number 1 for the upcoming season, the question now is, Is he the right man for the job? I don’t know to be honest. When Mowbray was picked I was happy, a Celtic man, plays good football and West Brom were a good team to watch, all things Celtic fans want from the team, and we all know how well he performed at Parkhead.

Tony just wasn’t the right man, tactically not confident, any press conference I watched or listened to he failed to inspire or give you confidence in what he was going to do, I’m sure the board had doubts too when January came around, however they backed him and let him rip apart the squad and bring in 13 new players, nothing wrong with making moves, in my opinion letting 2 experience centre backs go and bring in 2 young players is a very bad move, I like the look of Josh Thompson and Thomas Rogne, would they have not learned a lot more playing with Caldwell and McManus each day and not being thrust into an Old Firm derby.

Tony was then booted out after the disgraceful defeat to St-Mirren, not the result itself because the Buddies played us off the park, it’s the performance of the players and the choice made by Mowbray that sealed his fate, and he had to go.

Lennon had 8 games and 1 cup game to prove his ability and qualities and potential to become Celtic’s new manager, I think I watched 5 of the last 9 games under his leadership, the impression I got was the first thing the team wanted to do is win, forget the fancy football, get a clean sheet and score a goal, and although this is not the football Celtic fans want to see, it’s winning football and that should be good enough.

I missed the Cup game against Ross County as I was working, I listened to it on the radio and it sounded terrible from a Celtic view point, Ross County seemed to play fantastic though and I think it was more a factor of a poor performance and a great performance rather than just Celtic being awful, and it was good to see Lennon as annoyed as the fans by the player performances.

Lennon was never my first choice as manager, just don’t feel he has the experience to be the man in the hot seat, but now that he is in charge I am going to get behind him, there is no point being against him, if the board have picked him, we as a club and as fans need to give him 100%.

I have been quite excited by the players linked to the club, Liam Lawrence, Sol Campbell, Joe Ledley and a fit Jimmy Bullard would be exciting players to watch, I feel we really need to strengthen upfront but hoping that Morten Rasmussen gets his chance as he has always looked good when on the pitch.

Now Celtic’s summer can really begin with Lennon in place, it seems he has lots of targets in mind, and I hope the board back him and let Neil build his team; surely it has to be a better season than last, surely?????

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