"Deeply troubling" "Spot on"; Celtic fans differ as they react to Kenny Dalglish's rallying cry

By David Walton

October 27, 2020

The Celtic supporters have been differing on social media as they react to Kenny Dalglish’s hardline defence of manager Neil Lennon.

Lennon has been under pressure this season due to a lack of good performances. However, that pressure has only intensified over the last week, with defeats to Rangers and AC Milan followed by more dropped points in Aberdeen.

Dalglish was previewing the club’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Aberdeen this week, where he stated that fans will do well to remember what Lennon has done for the club over the years (Clyde 1).

But despite the call for supporters to unite and back the manager, there was a clear split amongst the Hoops fans as they debated whether Lennon deserved to keep his role:

Lennon won’t be going anywhere for now

Regardless of whether you, I, or anyone else wants Lennon gone, it won’t be happening anytime soon.

Why? Because the club have effectively invested in him this summer. They’ve spent millions upon millions topping up his first-team squad, with the likes of Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, David Turnbull, and Albian Ajeti all coming through the door.

If Lennon was to get sacked, not only will the club have to pay the rest of his contract, but we would also need to hire someone of decent pedigree to take over. They don’t come cheap.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Then January rolls around in just two months, with any new manager almost certainly wanting new players in the door. That’s a road the club would be looking to avoid as much as possible, and a few nasty results won’t change that outlook.

Yes, if things get bad enough then the board will be forced to act and Lennon will be out the door. But the truth is we likely aren’t anywhere near that point yet. Peter Lawwell and co will be looking to chalk this up as a little slump in form, regardless of how worrying the performances have been all season.

It’s another big week for Lennon. Lille on Thursday before a Hampden clash with Aberdeen on Sunday. Things just aren’t getting any easier.

In other news, we discuss why it’s imperative that Neil Lennon selects Hatem Elhamed as soon as possible.