Neil Lennon could walk from Celtic if decline continues; he said as much last week

By Hamish Carton

November 6, 2020

The respite was nice while it lasted. We went a full week, from Thursday to Thursday, of having a bit of optimism about Neil Lennon and Celtic.

After drawing in Lille, and beating Aberdeen, there was a feeling that Celtic were starting to turn the corner.

Then boom, Sparta Prague happened.

Sparta Prague thrashed us on Thursday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It all means that, a week on, we’re discussing Lennon’s job once again. Only, this time, it’s even less forgiving,.

Last Tuesday, Lennon told the BBC all about a “media driven” negative narrative he felt was being put upon Celtic and himself.

He said: “There’s no justification for me to be sacked. None whatsoever.

“If things start to deteriorate rapidly, I’ll hold my hands up and say, ‘this isn’t working, we need to look at something else’.

“But at the moment we’re nowhere near that.”

Would Lennon walk away for the good of Celtic?

Ten days down the line, who knows how close we are to Lennon’s end point.

But we’re a hell of a lot closer than we were.

Who knows what the boss meant when he said he’d hold his hands up. Would he reach a point when he’d walk away from the job, for the good of the club?

Knowing Lennon’s battling qualities well, I really can’t imagine him doing so before it’s too late.

Neil Lennon watches on as Celtic lose to Sparta Prague (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He will, rightly or wrongly, believe that he can turn it around. To be fair, he’s done it before. Just maybe not from a position as far gone as this.

Would failure to win at Fir Park on Sunday spell the end? I doubt it. What about a loss at Easter Road after the international break? Perhaps.

The whole situation seems to be lacking leadership from top to bottom. That is the biggest concern here.

If things continue this way, I fear a Mowbray at St. Mirren type game.

By then it will surely be too late for us to save ten in-a-row.

In other news, Shane Duffy started a recent Celtic match after undergoing a “major dental procedure”