Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon has brushed off suggestions that his future could rely on today’s result against Aberdeen.
There seems to be a train of thought out there that Lennon must win the treble treble in order to get the job. Trebles have been the standard that Brendan Rodgers set at the club. Lennon, therefore, could certainly do with keeping that recent tradition going.
Today’s Scottish Cup semi-final is a must-win if they’re to achieve that. Rodgers won all three meetings against the Dons at Hampden. Not once did Aberdeen even look like winning any of them either. Today, therefore, represents another huge level of performance that Celtic must reach.
But Lennon isn’t getting himself caught up in the idea that today is a must-win for the job. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Hoops boss didn’t state that today was the be all and end all.
“I’ve no idea (what Aberdeen game means for the future). Everyone is speculating and it’s all conjecture. It’s all noise. All I can do is just focus on the games.
“Two weeks ago, we were playing Rangers, and seemingly everything hinged on that result, and now it’s the next one. So it’s all noise as far as I’m aware.
“You can’t stop it. It’s natural. The club may want to go down that road (a new manager).”
Lennon will know it himself
Lennon’s audition certainly didn’t stop because he overcame Rangers. All that result did was tick another box. It was a match where Lennon had everything to lose and his chances of the job to gain.
The Celtic interim boss will know it himself. The treble is a necessity if he wants the job permanently. It’s a massive feather in his cap if he manages to achieve it too.
And of course it’s all noise. The Celtic board haven’t exactly come out and said that Lennon has to win the treble. Nothing has been made official in that regard. But it seems the logical step and train of thought to take when you take the whole scenario into account.
For example, if Lennon loses today, is there truly any way of turning things around? After all, a bit of a depression would surround the club, with just a few meaningless games to go between now and the end of the season.
And given that the performances under the Northern Irishman haven’t been great, he could do with results and trophies to back up his claim for the job.
Make no mistake, Lennon will know how vital today is. It’s just another day where it won’t win him the job, but a good result and he won’t have lost his chance either.