Neil Lennon has made a bold claim ahead of the Glasgow derby on Sunday. The interim Celtic boss has claimed that the chances of him becoming permanent Celtic boss won’t depend on a win against Rangers.
“As far as I’m aware, my remit here doesn’t revolve around one game or two games” he told STV News.
“It revolves around what I do between coming in the door and the end of the season”.
Technically Lennon may well be correct. It is unlikely his future will be determined one way or another by the game against Rangers.
A few pointers
But an emphatic victory or defeat could leave a few pointers about his future at the club.
An emphatic 5-0 victory for example, would do Lennon’s chances of getting the job the power of good. There would be a groundswell of support for him to be named as permanent manager going forward.
Hopes would end with defeat
However, a defeat could end any realistic hopes Lennon has of being appointed. It is highly unlikely to happen, but a 2-0 defeat for example would be catastrophic towards Lennon’s hopes of getting the job.
A draw in the game wouldn’t change much for Lennon, but the majority of Celtic fans will be expecting the Hoops to win the game.
It would be best for all at Celtic Park if the Hoops won the game convincingly. Anything else could lead to more managerial uncertainty.