What's likely to happen at Celtic Park this week as Desmond, Lawwell and Lennon speculation mounts

By John McGinley

November 22, 2020

It’s been quite the weekend.

Another poor Scottish Premiership result has increased the pressure on Neil Lennon and his team, as well as stirring up all sorts of opinions from Celtic supporters.

I’m no different. I’ve already made it clear I have lost patience with the manager. Others will disagree, and that’s fine, we welcome the feedback.

Perhaps more important than our feelings is thinking about what’s actually going to happen. What actions will the Celtic board take, or not take? What do we know about the way they do business?

First of all, Celtic have never been a club to react to supporters’ demands or rush into a decision about a manager.

Even Tony Mowbray was given a January transfer window, and time beyond, when it was becoming clear he wasn’t the right person for the job.

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Ronny Deila, Gordon Strachan and Martin O’Neill all departed at the end of their final seasons, as did the current boss during his first spell.

It seems incredibly unlikely then that they are going to sack a club legend like Lennon off the back of a draw at Easter Road, regardless of what we think or say about it.

Lennon has defended himself robustly in the media so far this season.

Even Dermot Desmond pitched in to offer unwavering support in the wake of an immensely damaging defeat to Ferencvaros, a result that cost the club millions of pounds.

All the signs point towards the manager having the time and space to swim against the tide and hang on until the last possible moment.

Those expecting fireworks tomorrow when business hours start again at Celtic Park are likely setting themselves up for disappointment.

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

Peter Lawwell and Desmond are unlikely to bow to the social media outcry, and there are no crowds in place to put vocal pressure on them.

The reality is that Lennon will take training at Lennoxtown, the squad regroups, then they all put a focus on Thursday night’s match away to Sparta Prague.

We may hear the usual soundbites in press conferences and interviews about bouncing back and such.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We may even hear of phone calls and meetings behind the scenes, regarding Lennon’s relationship with the hierarchy above him.

However, nothing is likely to drastically change.

That may anger you, or comfort you, but either way that’s how I see it.