Despite the growing evidence that Neil Lennon may not be the man to lead Celtic forward from this point, there is no sign that major change is on the way.

I wrote on Sunday, in the wake of more dropped points in the Scottish Premiership, that the only thing likely to happen this week was that the manager would defend himself in press conferences and pundits close to the club would speak up for him in the press.

That’s exactly how it played out prior to last night’s Sparta Prague disaster.

The media were briefed early in the week that the manager’s job wasn’t in danger (The Glasgow Times), before the iconic Martin O’Neill threw weight behind his former player and friend (The Herald).

Scott Brown and Callum McGregor were also rolled out in front of the media to provide backing for Lennon.

It absolutely won’t be surprising if we see that kind of message from the club again today and over the weekend, ahead of a Scottish League Cup clash against Ross County.

Lennon wasn’t exactly in a conciliatory mood in Prague last night, speaking to press about how Celtic didn’t deserve to lose 4-1.

In his pre-Ross County press conference, he will likely come out swinging against his critics again, even though that group now includes plenty of supporters, at a growing number.

It appears this outcry is being written off as social media noise. That, for me, is an inaccurate and dismissive view of the situation.

Celtic aren’t really in the business of listening to fan criticism or at least portray themselves in that way.

Celtic's largest shareholder Dermot Desmond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell
Celtic’s largest shareholder Dermot Desmond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Craig Foy / (SNS Group via Getty Images)

The reality is that results have been awful all season. From the Champions League exit to the embarrassment against Rangers to these two humiliations at the hands of Sparta.

We are listing on the water and somebody needs to step in and take control, rather than brush everything under the carpet and hope for the best.

Sadly, I have no hope of this.

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