Celtic are giving no thought to forcing Neil Lennon out of the club amid speculation on his future at the Bhoys, the manager has told The Scottish Sun.

Fans have been left desperately unhappy with recent results, most notably the defeat to Rangers, and some are even loudly voicing their opinion that the manager should leave the club.

Some newspapers have even been running articles about the odds on his successor or polls asking whether he should be sacked.

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However, Lennon hit back at his critics yesterday and has since revealed he has the full backing of Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he said: “Absolutely, I speak to Peter Lawwell every day. We had a board meeting last Friday and that went pretty smoothly.

“I’m not out here on my own. I have got great support from Peter and the board.

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“I have got great support from my backroom team, who are really strong at the minute. That shows the inner strength we have here at the club.”

So while there may be a bit of panic amongst fans right now, it appears that the club are as calm as ever and are willing to look ahead and find out if Lennon can dig us out of this current slump.

Results and performances will need to change quickly if he’s to win back those who have lost faith in him but, clearly, there is a big picture view about this season within the club and the Hoops legend will not be treated harshly.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tomorrow’s game against Lille is a tough ask, but you’d imagine this Sunday’s match against Aberdeen is a must-win encounter. Not for Lennon’s future, but for Celtic bouncing back in general.

Lennon has heavily backed himself and his players in recent days, as you’d expect him to. However, it’s time for the rest of us to see what he thinks is possible with this group of players.

In other news, the manager says his stars have “the bit between their teeth again.”

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