Former Celtic player Davie Provan has called on Chief Executive Peter Lawwell to draw up a shortlist of replacements for manager Neil Lennon, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

Regardless of whether you think Lennon is still the man for the job or not, it can’t be denied that he is under increasing pressure at the club.

Performances have been inferior for much of the season, and now bad results are following with consistency.

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Today’s 3-3 result against Aberdeen was a continuation of that, with the Bhoys falling further behind Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Some think he should go.

For Provan, it’s time to take action.


The Sky Sports man told The Scottish Sun: “If Peter Lawwell isn’t drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements for Neil Lennon, he’s not doing his job. Lennon is losing games and the faith of supporters.

“In any other season, Lawwell could sit tight and ignore the noise. Not this one. Not with ten-in-a-row fever rampant.”

And that was published before today’s game in Aberdeen.


We know Provan likes a negative rant about Celtic, but his point is worth considering here.

Is this how Lawwell should be spending his time right now?

For me, yes it is. That’s not to say I firmly believe Lennon should be sacked tomorrow, but the club has to be considering its options right now.

We need to be able to strike quickly and bring in a replacement if the manager’s project does unravel over the next few weeks.

I actually think it’s unlikely though. My gut feeling is that Lawwell and the rest of the Celtic board are going to put their faith in Lennon, and most importantly, give him time.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

He is Lawwell’s man, and the Chief Exec put his neck on the line when appointing him in the wake of the 2019 Scottish Cup Final.

It would be a massive admission of culpability to send him packing in one of our most important seasons ever. The Celtic board aren’t exactly known for being proactive.

My anger with Celtic right now, and others’ anger, doesn’t stop with the manager and it’s unlikely they’ll expose themselves to that unless it all implodes from here.

In another article, I call for change at Celtic Park.

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