It’s hard not to feel sorry for Neil Lennon tonight.

His second Celtic project appears to be in the dirt and we reckon it won’t be long until the club decides to step in and say cheerio.

As much as that could spark a Bhoys revival, this is still a club legend and icon we are dealing with. It’s not a joyful moment.

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It simply shouldn’t have got to this stage of anger and bitterness.

As reported by Clyde journalist Alison Conroy, Lennon had to endure the unfortunate situation of hearing fans outside of Celtic Park protesting for him to leave the club.

Put simply, I think the club should have protected him from this.

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Instead of having a long chat with Lennon on Friday via Zoom, Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and largest shareholder Dermot Desmond should have seen the obvious and relieved him of his duties.

By the time Sparta Prague had demolished us 4-1 for the second time in the space of a few weeks, everyone knew it was already all over.

In truth, many could see the writing on the wall when we failed to register a single shot on target against Rangers at Celtic Park earlier this season.

Lennon’s last chance saloon was not built over this weekend, it’s been standing tall for a while now. The Ross County result was coming.

We simply should have had the decision-makers with the vision and decisiveness to see that earlier.

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 manager should not have had to face an angry protest outside the ground, calling for his removal.

Hopefully, in time, the relationship between Lennon and the fans can be rebuilt. I’m actually certain it will be, regardless of how this season turns out.

For now, though, it appears he’ll be heading off into the sunset.

There is no more shielding in place for the Celtic board. They have to come up with solutions, and quickly.

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