Neil Lennon is determined to fight for his future at Celtic and still believes he can lead the club to 10-in-a-row, the Scottish Sun reports.
The Hoops boss has been under-fire over the last couple of months for a run of declining results and performances. Much of the focus has been on how the board view his position and whether they will make a change before the season is beyond saving.
However, the Sun has reported where Lennon currently stands on things, and it’s pretty grim for those looking for a change of manager anytime soon.
The newspaper believes that Lennon is “desperate” to secure the quadruple treble against Hearts at Hampden next month. In addition to that, the manager seemingly knows that he has to drastically turn things around in order to go into the new year as the Celtic boss.
However, the Sun says there remains a strong belief in Lennon that he can prove his doubters wrong.
Is this character or is it denial?
I’ve never hidden from my own position that Celtic need a chance. There’s a stagnation about the club which needs to be shifted, and I think a change of manager/way of thinking in the dugout is exactly what the club needs.
However, so long as Lennon is in his post and taking charge of matches, I like many will continue to hope he can turn things around. We don’t ever wish Celtic slip-up in any game just to prove a point. We all want Lennon to prove us wrong, even if we don’t believe he can anymore.
But you just needto ask yourself just how many final chances is Neil going to get to turn things around here? Wasn’t Prague at Parkhead supposed to be the game that turned things around? Or was it Hibs at Easter Road? Perhaps the away trip to Sparta? Oh wait maybe it was Ross County on Sunday.
The fact I’ve still omitted several other recent slip-ups from that lists reads extremely poorly for Lennon. To still believe he can turn things around just isn’t good enough because this is a season where we shouldn’t have to come from this far behind Rangers in any case.
You wonder how Lennon would view the managerial situation if he wasn’t the one actually in charge. Would he still believe the current manager would be able to turn things around if he was in the same position he’s in? Doubtful considering he’s a Celtic supporter like the rest of us. Regardless, his reported thoughts are worrying for the Celtic fans who are fizzing with the decision to keep him on.
Lennon would be entitled to feel hard done by if he didn’t get the chance to win the quadruple treble against Hearts this month, but the decline has been so steep and consistent that 10-in-a-row shouldn’t be put at risk for it. The manager, for me, is simply in denial at this stage.