Neil Lennon in the dugout vs Lille and what else is likely to happen at Celtic this week

By John McGinley

December 7, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is still hanging on then.

Further to reports earlier that he received the backing of the club board last night, Sky Sports have now reported he is expected to be in the dugout for the upcoming UEFA Europa League clash against Lille.

With that match meaning nothing, and a rotated team potentially fielded, it seems unlikely the board would be convinced to sack the manager regardless of what happens against the high-flying French side.

That means Lennon will probably prepare the team for the upcoming test at home to Kilmarnock too, a team that have already cause us problems this term.

One of the first signs of a dire 20/21 campaign came back in August when the Bhoys drew 1-1 against Killie at Rugby Park, with players like Chris Burke and Nicke Kibamba competing well against our defence.

Hamilton may have defeated them at the weekend, but they’ll fancy piling the pressure on Celtic.

The reality is there will be no real drama or changes are on the horizon, despite the feelings of supporters.

What’s far more likely to happen is club media, and pre-match press conferences again patronise us.

With Scott Brown tasked with dishing out the platitudes last Tuesday, we’ll probably hear from someone such as Callum McGregor or Ryan Christie this time.

The manager will then come out and defend himself robustly once again, in the face of increasingly challenging and difficult to answer questions from the media.

Celtic’s statement from Chief Executive Peter Lawwell last week alluded to the upcoming Scottish Cup Final against Hearts and the potential ‘quadruple treble’ achievement.

He called for a need for togetherness ahead of that fixture.

Peter Lawwell watches Celtic in action / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That show of support for the manager is increasingly looking like a marker that Neil Lennon will be in the hot seat until the Hampden match at least, even if it goes badly against Lille and Kilmarnock.

That may frustrate you, anger you, upset you or even delight you, but regardless of what you’re feeling that’s how it’s shaping up, reading the tea leaves on what Celtic have said publicly and to journalists over the last two weeks.

A chaotic club rumbles on.