Neil Lennon is a man under fire today after last night’s defeat to Sparta Prague, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that his Celtic players have let down supporters just as much this season.

Collectively, they have to shoulder responsibility for the way things have turned out so far.

Knocked out of the Champions League qualifying process, humiliated by Rangers at Celtic Park and two horror defeats to Sparta Prague; that’s just a few of things that have gone wrong.

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Lennon knows this as well as anyone, and after last night’s result in Prague, it seems something of a heart-to-heart took place in the Celtic dressing room.

The manager brought up the fact there has been a significant regression from last year’s result away to Lazio, when eight of last night’s star produced a famous Hoops victory.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Lennon said: “That is what I am scratching my head about. That’s the question I asked in the dressing room afterwards. Why have we gone the other way?

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“I don’t know if it’s a lack of confidence in individuals or in the team themselves. I was asking them why we’re conceding goals? Are we lacking confidence in ourselves? Are we lacking that as a group?

“It was a conversation I put out to the players to get their opinions. We’re hoping, having spoken about it, they can galvanise themselves from that.

He stopped short of calling it a turning point in today’s press conference, but it’s clear that Lennon sees this moment as a potentially defining one for his squad.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It’s sink or swim time for the Bhoys.

Lennon will be hoping the upcoming schedule of fixtures, more favourable than in recent weeks, will allow his side to find some sort of consistency and confidence ahead of a mammoth trip to Ibrox.

Will his players finally turn up for him? Or is it curtains for a Celtic icon?

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