Pundit Michael Stewart thinks The Green Brigade’s Neil Lennon banner at Celtic Park could have the unintended effect of keeping the manager longer in the Hoops hot seat, speaking to BBC Sportsound on Thursday evening (17:46).
As we know, the fan group displayed a controversial message outside the ground on Wednesday calling for the manager to leave his post.
They accompanied that with a statement outlining their reasons, which resonated with many in the Celtic support. Others were left disappointed and angry.
Stewart, who has been a pundit on Celtic TV this season, didn’t pass judgement on the rights or wrongs of the display.
However, he doesn’t think it’ll have the desired consequences for Lennon.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound last night (17:46), he said: “See the banner and the statement that was released from the Celtic supporters?
“I don’t know about you but, if the club were of a mind that they were questioning his future, I actually think that prolongs Neil Lennon’s stay.
“As a club, you can’t be seen to react off the back of a blatant statement like that, for fear of, in the future, all you need to do is to exert the pressure and you get what you want.
“I think he will get longer because of that exact statement.”
The Green Brigade and the Celtic board have had a famously up-and-down relationship over the years, so you can understand what Stewart is saying here.
Chief Executive Peter Lawwell is hardly going to want to be seen to be bowing to fan pressure, especially from the group in the corner.
However, results simply may catch up with the manager here.
Last night’s second heavy defeat to Sparta Prague in three weeks was another damning blow to his second spell as manager.
The situation is rapidly coming to a head and it now feels like a question of when, rather than if, Lennon is going to leave this season.
For many, it’s too far gone already.
Will the club agree, or will they entrench themselves?