December 7, 2021

Lennon’s Celtic position secure despite struggles

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Neil Lennon’s position as Celtic manager remains secure, despite the team’s recent poor results.

Lennon is committed to turning round the form that has seen Celtic fall 11 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race, as they try to win an historic 10th successive league title.

Sky Sports News has also learnt that Celtic’s board, including majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, remain supportive of Lennon.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon during the UEFA Europa League match between Celtic and Sparta Prague 0:33
Andy Walker says Celtic cannot afford any slips ups between now and their next meeting with Rangers on January 2 if they are to retain any title ambitions

Celtic have won just two of their last eight matches in all competitions since mid-October, a run that began with a 2-0 defeat to Rangers in the first Old Firm game of the season.

The Hoops have two matches in hand over Rangers, although Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions and have conceded just three league goals.

Lennon took charge for a second time at Celtic following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City 19 months ago.

Hibernian v Celtic 2:48
Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian and Celtic

After Rodgers’ exit, Lennon secured the club’s eighth successive league title in his capacity as caretaker manager in 2019 and was subsequently handed the job on a permanent basis after the Scottish Cup Final victory over Hearts, which confirmed a third successive domestic treble.

Lennon and Celtic retained the league title, the club’s ninth in a row, earlier this year after the season was shortened due to Covid-19.

In his two spells as manager, Lennon has won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and one League Cup, with Celtic on the brink of an unprecedented fourth successive domestic treble as they prepare to face Hearts in the delayed 2019/2020 Scottish Cup Final on December 20.