Neil Lennon has confirmed that there are plans in place at Celtic regarding the managerial situation.
The Northern Irishman wouldn’t go into much more detail about them. He stated that his life was on hold as he waits to see what happens with his future over the summer.
Lennon came to the club back at the tail-end of February, after Brendan Rodgers departed in controversial fashion. Since then, he’s guided Celtic to eight wins and three draws. Despite a lack of strong performances in that period, the Hoops boss remains unbeaten heading into a crunch clash at Ibrox on Sunday.
And with so much to play for, Lennon confirmed in the Daily Record that he still doesn’t know if he’ll be around next season or not. But he did reveal that the club have a plan of action in place.
“I just want to enjoy this moment and see my family because I haven’t spent much time with them. This has been a really tough couple of months for me. My life is on hold, I’ve no future plans in place, no holidays booked.
“It was important I accepted that for what it was. I inherited a totally new team and a style of play that I had to get used to. Not change it because it has been successful.
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“I’ll take stock of things over the next couple of days, but there are plans in place going forward. There are going to be changes staff-wise behind the scenes that we obviously need to do. But right now I just want to live in the moment.”
A win at Ibrox changes much
As stated previously, the performances under Lennon have largely left a lot to be desired. The trio of 0-0 draws still frustrates Hoops fans. The 1-0 win over Kilmarnock and the second-half against Rangers weren’t impressive either.
But there has been some positive displays in there too. The 2-1 win at Tynecastle was a brave three points. The 2-0 success at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup quarter-final was as professional as it comes. Successive 3-0 wins over Aberdeen with the treble treble well on the line meant everything. Lennon has done some real good since taking over.
And so much likely hinges on Sunday’s trip to Ibrox. If Lennon can manage to overcome that test, he’ll no doubt change many people’s minds about his suitability for the job. Having two victories over our nearest rivals since coming into the club would be another fine positive for him to put on his CV.
The supporters were chanting “One Neil Lennon” after the title win at Pittodrie on Saturday. Good results will do that for you, and Lennon must be feeling confident now heading into Sunday.
The club may be making moves to implement some staff changes, but you wonder how long they’re going to wait until they make a decision on Lennon. That’s why every game remains of essential importance to the Northern Irishman, and it doesn’t get much bigger than his trip to Govan this weekend.