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McDonald believes Celtic's problems began with Neil Lennon’s comments

Wed 02 December 2020 | 5:54

Neil Lennon saw hundreds of fans turn up at Celtic Park to demand his removal after a 2-0 home defeat to Ross County.

Although the Scottish champions sit 11 points behind


with just two wins out of their last 10 games, it’s been reported that Celtic’s board still backs the Northern Irishman ahead of their Europa League away game against

AC Milan

on Thursday night.

Celtic’s former striker,


, insisted


’s defeat against


in their Champions League’s qualifier in August rang the ‘alarm bells’, as


revealed that his players wanted to leave.

Lennon said at the time:

“There are some players who may want to leave. They have made inroads into that in the last six months or so. So if they don’t want to be here, we have to do something about it.

“If they are making waves to leave the club they are obviously not committed. We want players committed to the club. I’m not going to go into it but I’m putting it out there because it has been bugging me for a long, long time.”


McDonald who currently plays for

Brisbane Roar

in his native country


, told Celtic Huddle podcast:

“I will go back to that and pinpoint that as a serious turning point in terms of what Neil said in his press conference after the game.

“I felt it was alarm bells right there and then when he said half the players don’t want to be here.

“If that is the case, all fine and well but as we all know there is eyes and ears everywhere and you have to keep those things in-house.

“All of a sudden there is crisis and the press love it, they are going to get all over it.

“If there is any cracks at Celtic Park because they have had so much success they are going to go with it and Neil gave them the opportunity.

“He was more or less calling the players out and I don’t think a lot of those players were ready for that, or appreciated it or accepted it and I feel from that day on, he lost quite a lot of them in that changing room.”

source: SportMob