Neil Lennon plays down the Dermot Desmond rumours after Thursday's Celtic Park collapse

By John McGinley

November 8, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has played down having chats with the club’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond during the recent run of poor form, The Daily Record reports.

Celtic blogger Phil Mac Giolla Bhain reported on Friday that Desmond had flown into Glasgow to watch the Bhoys in action against Sparta Prague, following an ‘uncomfortable’ post-derby chat with Lennon last month.

It was also stated that possible alternatives to Lennon had been considered.

The news spread through the Celtic support and inevitably led to speculation that the manager’s future was hanging in the balance.

However, Lennon has insisted having chats with Desmond is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, they speak regularly.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Celtic boss said ahead of today’s win against Motherwell: “I’ve spoken to Dermot since Thursday, but it was a private conversation.

“I speak to him twice a week, so it was no different to any other week.”

While Desmond is likely to be as unhappy as any of us with recent results and performances, there has been zero sign of Celtic taking any action against Lennon.

The manager’s bullish response to criticism in the wake of a draw at Pittodrie, as well as basically every Celtic-connected pundit backing him in the press, leads me to believe he still has lots of support inside the club at the highest level, despite his guarded response when asked about the conversation with Desmond.

Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell at a Celtic match / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Today’s win eases the pressure somewhat, but unless Lennon’s team now string together results with consistency, some fans will continue to be uneasy with the job he’s doing.

Everyone will be hoping that happens.

In other news, Celtic fans were wowed by Tom Rogic’s performance against Motherwell today.