Celtic manager Neil Lennon has detected renewed determination in his team after a horror week on the pitch, speaking to The Celtic View (28/10 print edition, page 6).

Like many supporters, I have been worried about the performances of the Bhoys in recent matches.

The display against Rangers was particularly lacklustre and the lack of desire shown in the first half against AC Milan was also concerning.

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Lennon, however, trusts in his players to turn things around and has noticed a change in attitude having observed them in training.

He told The Celtic View (28/10 print edition, page 6): “I think they’ll come again stronger than ever and, looking at them, they’ve got the bit between their teeth again.

“What we’re all going through at the minute isn’t normal and that’s a shame. We’re adapting as we go along and there’s a long way to go in the season.

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“There’s a lot to look forward to, we’ve just had a downturn in performances but I understand why.”

Some supporters have lost faith in Lennon and, in honesty, I understand why given the direction of travel this season. I don’t subscribe to the notion that concerned fans are ‘bed-wetting’.

However, I can’t help but feel buoyed that the manager is finding some sort of belief from his players that all is not lost at Celtic and that improvement is coming.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If we take him at his word then we should see renewed hunger on the pitch against Lille and against Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday.

There’s absolutely no doubt we’re in a lull at the moment but as long as I see signs of turning the corner, I’m happy to back this team to dig themselves out of a hole.

In other news, it’s time to stop underrating Nir Bitton.

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