Pat Bonner thinks Scottish Cup final is stopping Celtic from sacking Lennon

By David Walton

December 6, 2020

BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner has put forward his belief that a decision on Neil Lennon’s future would be made quickly if not for the upcoming Scottish Cup final vs Hearts.

The Hoops will face the Jambos in what was previously a mouth-watering Hampden date on December 20th. However, the anticipation for the game has totally been wiped out thanks to a run of only two wins in 12.

Celtic have had some shocking results with performances continuing to decline on a weekly basis. However, Lennon remains just one game from a quadruple treble that was all his own work from last season.

And Bonner has today stated that he thinks that’s helping to keep Neil in the job for now. Speaking on BBC Sportsound today (17:30), the former Hoops goalkeeper said the following:

“Do Celtic change the manager two weeks before a cup final, which could result in a quadruple treble? If that wasn’t there, I think decisions would probably be made quite quickly.”

Can’t let sentiment get in the way of 10-in-a-row

If the Celtic board truly think that Lennon deserves the chance to go for the Scottish Cup and thus keep him in the job because it’s only a couple of weeks away – wow. That really would be a dereliction of duty to a support that craves the 10 more than anything.

Go round the supporters. How many would rank the Scottish Cup ahead of 10-in-a-row? In fact, who honestly cares much for this game against Hearts at the national stadium? All that game represents is the past – it’s a throwback event to last season and one that we really aren’t in the mood for.

So if would be frightening if Bonner is right and Celtic were indeed allowing Lennon some more time just so he can win this cup. A cup which, to the supporters, is becoming a bit of a non-event. Especially without supporters at stadiums.

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

Sentiment is being allowed to go in front of 10-in-a-row in our priority list. After all, the situation for any new manager isn’t an impossible one. It nearly is, and anymore dropped points would surely represent the end of our title chase. But as things stand, it’s still irretrievable with the January transfer window looming.

In an ideal world, Lennon indeed would’ve gotten that game against Hearts at Hampden. However, after a defeat to Ross County and a draw at home to St Johnstone, you can’t look at the next two matches against Kilmarnock and Ross County and be comfortable in the knowledge that we’ll pick up six points. In fact, you would probably even bet against it for now.

The board know what must be done. Forget this idea at the Scottish Cup must be finalised with Lennon at the helm – especially considering it risks further damage to our title charge.

In other news, we discuss why the Celtic board deserves no praise if Neil Lennon departs.