Celtic great Chris Sutton has stated it’s “ridiculous” to call for Neil Lennon to be sacked at the moment, but believes that “serious questions” will be asked if things don’t improve.
The supporters are still fizzing after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Rangers at Parkhead. The Hoops failed to register a shot on target, and surrendered to their weakest derby defeat for some time.
Celtic haven’t looked capable of producing a sustained run of good performance since the beginning of the season. As such, some supporters will have had enough and be looking for a fresh face to help secure 10-in-a-row.
However, Sutton believes that isn’t on at the moment. Speaking via his Daily Record column, the big Englishman did state however that the Hoops boss could have serious questions to answer if things don’t get better.
“The next six games are make or break for him. If there are more major setbacks or the team doesn’t get into gear in that period, my old team-mate is going to be under big pressure and serious questions will start to get asked.
“I do feel it is ridiculous for people to be calling for his head at the moment. That’s unfair. He’s earned the right to find the response. But what is not ridiculous and perfectly fair is to ask serious questions about what is going on at the moment or to suggest it simply cannot continue in this vein much longer if want to win the 10. They can’t let Rangers get away and open a big gap.
“If Celtic don’t improve, Neil’s future in the job is going to come under serious scrutiny. Feelings will grow that the players need to hear another voice. That’s not an unreasonable statement to make.”
Celtic were supposed to click into gear post-Ferencvaros
It’s all well and good saying that now’s the time for Celtic to get their house in order. However, if truth be told, that was supposed to happen after we had lost to Ferencvaros in the Champions League second qualifying round.
Lennon’s side should never have been swept aside by the Hungarians, regardless of whether they managed to make the group stages or not. It was after that shocking Parkhead defeat that we were supposed to see a reaction. We were supposed to see Lennon start to get things right on the park once again and start producing better performances.
The results you can’t argue with between the Ferencvaros and Rangers games. Celtic had actually managed to secure eight consecutive victories in between the two clashes. Yet you’ll do well to find a performance that was acceptable.
Matches against St Mirren, Livingston, Riga, and Sarajevo saw the Hoops only managed to edge it by one goal. All four were games where you would’ve expected Celtic to show their power. Okay, a win is a win, but the style in which we’ve been going about our business hasn’t been pleasing on the eye.
Sutton says that Lennon deserves a bit more time, but the performances haven’t been great for a long time. We very easily could’ve drawn against the likes of St Johnstone and Livingston for example. You can’t just ignore that fact. Rangers wasn’t a one-off.
Lennon must be on his last chance when it comes to these shocking results in big matches. How we react to Saturday is going to effectively define our season. From here on in there can be no mistakes – but you’ll struggle to find a supporter who trusts the management team to make that a reality.