A former player of Neil Lennon says it's time for him to leave Celtic

By David Walton

January 22, 2021

Former Hoops defender Mark Wilson has joined the growing list of pundits who believe Neil Lennon should leave Celtic.

Wilson actually played under the Parkhead boss during his first spell as Celtic manager. And it was fond memories for Mark too as he secured a Premiership title and Scottish Cup before leaving the club in the summer of 2012.

Now, Wilson hosts the Celtic Huddle Podcast and is a regular contributor on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard. And he’s watched on like the rest of us as our 10-in-a-row dreams crashed and burned. Yet, incredible, Lennon remains in his post.

The manager yesterday told PLZ Soccer that he would go absolutely nowhere. This effectively means the board have to sack him if they want rid of him, and Wilson has urged them to do just that.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wilson said: “To be honest I didn’t expect anything less from Neil. I think a lot of people are calling for him to resign but, knowing Neil the way I do – I played under him, I played with him, he’s a fantastic leader and he’s a fighter, he’s a scrapper – he won’t quit.

“But I do think there’s a duty of the club from the people above him to make the decision. When you look at the results recently, 22 games and seven wins, or eight if you include the Scottish Cup final on penalties, for any Celtic manager that’s a tough run of results to survive.

“I think Neil will know even himself that historically that hasn’t been good enough to keep other Celtic managers. I was here under Tony Mowbray, I played a part in that. I know fine well that the axe falls pretty quickly.”

Board review looks like it can only end one way; Lennon must leave Celtic

The Celtic supporter liason officer, JP Taylor, confirmed to supporters yesterday that the January review of Lennon’s position is due “in the next week or so”.

Now, stripping everything back, how can they possibly justify a continuation of this? Is there really any way you can put forward an acceptable argument to keep Lennon in his post?

Celtic’s next match is against Hamilton at Parkhead on Wednesday. But for many, it comes in a Scottish Premiership that Celtic have little to play for in just now. Discussions over whether we can stay in second place will be coming soon at this rate.

Neil Lennon before Livingston vs Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But it looks as though we’re going to have to wait until this review is complete. At the very least we have a timeframe for it. The results of it, meanwhile, shouldn’t even be up for debate. This should be nothing more than inevitable.

Wilson is just the latest in a long line of Celtic-minded pundits who think Lennon should be off. Chris Sutton said so back in November (Glasgow Times). John Hartson did likewise on Saturday (Ten10Podcasts). Then Stiliyan Petrov, another to have played with Lennon, admitted on Wilson’s Celtic Huddle Podcast during the week that the manager should go.

It’s absolutely no surprise that Mark has joined the growing contingent. It really is telling its own story at this point.