Kenny Dalglish insists Neil Lennon is the right man for the Celtic job

By John McGinley

August 19, 2019

Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has offered a robust defence of manager Neil Lennon in his weekly Sunday Post column.

Lennon has received lots of criticism from fans, pundits and the wider media over the last seven days after our shambolic performance at home to CFR Cluj.

The UEFA Champions League exit sent shock-waves through the support. It also seemed to negatively impact the performance of the team on Saturday against Dunfermline.

Dalglish though is adamant that the Celtic boss is the best man for the job and always has been.

As quoted by The Sunday Post, the former Hoops forward said: “Neil will get there because he is the right man to manage Celtic. He was the correct choice of the Parkhead hierarchy back in May after they won the treble Treble, and he remains so.

“They have started the season brightly in the Premiership, scored 12 goals in two league games, and sit top of the table. Does all of his hard work and success in the past eight months count for nothing because he loses one game?”

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Should Lennon’s role at Celtic be in doubt?

It’s natural for fans to take a critical eye at decisions Lennon and others make at the club.

There’s no doubt the manager’s credibility has taken a damaging hit. However, it’s a little early to consider firing what is a modern club legend and icon.

Serious questions will be asked if we fail to reach the Europa League groups or perform dreadfully against Rangers in the upcoming derby.

Right now though we need to weather the storm with Lennon at the helm and see where he takes us.

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The Celtic board made their decision back in May without embarking on an extensive recruitment process.

That has severely impacted us in Europe so far, but there’s still plenty of optimism when it comes to our domestic challenges.

Everyone, critics and all, will be hoping Lennon can turn things around and get us moving in the right direction again.