Lennon hints he could walk away from Celtic; but only if things deteriorate further
Neil Lennon has admitted that he could walk away from Celtic, but only if things get even worse than they already are.
The Hoops boss has been working under severe pressure over the last month, with the team struggling to deal with what’s been a tough run of games both domestically and in Europe. A failure to beat the likes of Rangers, Aberdeen, and Hibernian respectively has caused real damage to Celtic’s title push.
Naturally, this has led to plenty of calls from supporters for Lennon to walk. The fact that Celtic are currently sitting bottom of their Europa League group hasn’t helped the manager either.
However, Lennon has admitted that he could walk away from the post in the future, but only if things get even more grim.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Lennon said: “Absolutely not (no intention of walking away just now).
“Look, if things deteriorated, you might have to hold your hands up. But, at the minute, I’ve got no intentions of quitting. I don’t think I need to. I don’t think I even need to think about it.
“It’s all the outside noise that’s affecting other people. It’s not affecting me. I don’t feel under any pressure at all. I don’t feel that I should be under any pressure, either. We have lost one game in the league this season. There’s no evidence to suggest that I can’t (lead Celtic to 10-in-a-row).”
Celtic and Lennon could risk leaving it too late
And this is exactly why the Celtic fans are so worried about the situation we’re in. The reason he’s being asked to leave by many at the moment is so that his successor can have time to try and put things right.
Celtic are 11 points behind Rangers in the title race, or five if you want to assume we win our games in hand. If that becomes eight or 11 points over the next couple of months, then it certainly will be too late. The league could be lost by the time the manager walks and there’s no time to save the season.
Lennon has such a burning desire to do well for the club and that has to be admired. Not one supporter wants to see the manager fail in the job, not with the history he has and the passion for Celtic that he’s always held.
But we can’t allow that to delude us into thinking he can definitely turn things around. It wouldn’t be pressing the panic button to change the man in the hot seat at this point – it would be sensible.
You have to remember, this is nine years of hard work that’s been built up. Supporters are allowed to want to protect that and ensure that the best decisions are being made on the field.
For now, it looks like Lennon is going to press ahead however, with tonight’s game against Sparta Prague a do-or-die one in terms of the Europa League.