Report: Desmond rang Lennon up to back him after Celtic's latest calamity

By David Walton

December 8, 2020

Neil Lennon received a phone call from Dermot Desmond hours after Celtic’s latest disaster against St Johnstone at Parkhead, the Scottish Sun reports.

Lennon appeared to be on the brink once again at the weekend when the Hoops could only muster up a 1-1 draw against Callum Davidson’s Saints side in Glasgow. It was a result that put Celtic 13 points behind Rangers in the title race, albeit having played two games less.

Celtic have now only managed to win one league game in five – with the club on its worst run of form in recent memory.

However, despite the fact Celtic have stumbled from one disaster to the next over the last two months in particular, the Sun reports that Lennon was again given a call by Desmond in order for the club’s majority shareholder to send over his full backing.

This was then backed up in a statement by the club’s board last night in which they confirmed they would be giving Lennon more time to turn things around.

Right call to make; wrong stance to take

Desmond actually did the right thing in phoning up Lennon after the St Johnstone game. However, he couldn’t have been more wrong in once again backing the manager.

What is there to back exactly? Where’s the evidence that this is all going to be turned around in the near future? Lennon’s time would be up if he was anybody else other than Neil Lennon. That’s simply not good enough, and it’s no surprise to see fans so disillusioned with how this football club is operating.

What part of this does Desmond think is okay? The 13-point gap in the Premiership? The fact we’re on course to produce our worst ever Europa League group stage performance? The one league win in five? The two wins in 12 in all competitions? The mammoth 33 goals conceded in only 22 games? Perhaps it’s the no wins in five at Parkhead or the early Betfred Cup exit to Ross County?

Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell pictured at a Celtic game / (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Look at how many dreadful stats you can just pluck out at the top of your head. There doesn’t appear to be any pressure on Lennon from the board, and continuing to call him up after games and letting him know that everything’s fine is totally delusional.

Remember, this is a Dermot Desmond who was said to be fuming with the performance when we won 5-0 at Ross County back in September (Glasgow Times). Where on earth have those standards disappeared to?

Once again, he’s decided to back a manager who appears set to run the season into the ground, as painful as it is to say.

In other news, a new Neil Lennon backer emerged last night.