Celtic’s “lack of hunger and application” was “unacceptable” of their 4-1 dwelling defeat by Sparta Prague, supervisor Neil Lennon has stated.
Lennon admitted his aspect’s hopes of qualifying from Europa League Group H have “probably” been ended.
And he vowed to vary the “culture” amongst his gamers and that it might be achieved “very quickly”.
“This is definitely a turning point – it won’t happen again, that’s for sure,” Lennon stated.
“We can’t accept that and the players know that as well. I can’t defend the players. I’ve tried to over the piece, but I can’t defend them tonight.”
It was the primary time Celtic have misplaced three consecutive dwelling video games in 30 years – and the primary time they’ve misplaced three consecutive dwelling Europa League matches.
They now sit backside of Group H, two factors behind Sparta and 6 adrift of leaders Lille, who surprised AC Milan 3-Zero in Italy.
Asked if he agreed it was an embarrassing defeat, Lennon stated: “Yes, after all.
“Lack of software, lack of starvation and that is not us, so there needs to be a tradition change and I’ve received to vary it rapidly and the gamers want to vary rapidly as nicely as a result of that is completely unacceptable for a membership of our standing.
“It is an accumulation of things. We need to get back to showing a bit more humility and start working harder on the training ground.”
‘You can flip it round rapidly’
The defeat by the Czech Republic league leaders got here after a 2-Zero win over Aberdeen within the delayed 2019-20 Scottish Cup semi-final and Lennon admitted “I don’t know where” the poor efficiency got here from.
“We had a good day on Sunday, had a really good week, but the hungrier team won and that’s not us,” he stated. “We were well prepared for the game, but as the manager I have to take responsibility obviously, but the players have to look at themselves as individuals.”
Lennon is hoping to guide his aspect to an unprecedented quadruple home treble by successful final season’s Scottish Cup and finish the present season with a historic 10th consecutive Scottish league title.
He thought the defeat by Sparta was “up there with one of the poorest” outcomes throughout his two spells as Celtic supervisor however insisted: “I’ve had bigger challenges than this. It feels like a big challenge because it’s present, but I’ve been over far worse than this.
“It is one thing you may flip round in a short time and it is one thing I’ll be hellbent on doing within the subsequent couple of days.”