There’s a certain irony in Neil Lennon taking his Celtic side to Easter Road tomorrow needing a win.

The cries of “Lennon out” may be louder than ever before if the Hoops don’t secure all three points against Hibernian in the capital tomorrow.

The game is a sticky one on paper. And part of that may well be down to our own under-fire boss.

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Hibs were languishing in the second-tier of Scottish football when Lennon took them over in 2016.

Lennon as manager of Hibernian

Lennon as manager of Hibernian / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Their past nine games against us at Easter Road had brought about seven Celtic victories, a draw and a home win.

Since Lennon’s arrival in 2016 – we have won in Leith just one. And that was in the Scottish Cup.

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Our recent league record at Easter Road reads: played five, won none, drawn three, lost two.

Lennon’s Hibs were responsible for both of those wins – and they were arguably the catalyst for the Hibees to grow to greater heights.

Hanlon recognises Lennon’s influence

Don’t just take my word for it.

 

Listen to Paul Hanlon, the Hibs defender who played under Lennon.

Speaking to the Scotsman prior to tomorrow’s clash, he said: “We go into every game to win.

“We know how good Celtic have been over the last few seasons but we back ourselves.

“I don’t know if there was an exact moment when that happened but it probably was when we got promoted from the Championship and then did quite well the following season under Neil.

Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon

Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon / (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“That gave us the belief, whether we were playing the Old Firm or anyone else, especially at home.”

So there you go. Neil Lennon changed the whole ethos around Hibs.

I bet he wishes he was set for an easier time tomorrow afternoon.

We simply have to win.

In other news, there was a contrasting injury update from Neil Lennon on Friday

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