Under-fire Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits he would have ‘understood’ if the club had sacked him after fans protested outside Parkhead… and with AC Milan up next tomorrow night!
- Lennon says he would’ve understood if he was sacked after the Ross County loss
- His Celtic side were dumped out of the Betfred Cup by Ross County on Sunday
- The result prompted angry scenes outside Parkhead as fans turned up to protest
- The Hoops have won just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions
Neil Lennon admits he would have understood if Sunday’s defeat by Ross County had ended his career as Celtic boss.
The Northern Irishman came under increasing pressure following the 2-0 Betfred Cup loss which saw hundreds of fans turn up at Parkhead to demand the removal of their manager, amid scenes of chaos as police tried to keep order.
The Hoops have won just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions and sit 11 points behind Premiership leaders Rangers, although they have two games in hand as they bid for their 10th successive title.
Neil Lennon would’ve understood if he was sacked as Celtic boss after the Ross County defeat
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell gave his backing on Tuesday night to Lennon who is now preparing for a Europa League dead rubber against AC Milan.
Asked if he thought it was over for him on Sunday, Lennon said: ‘Not in my heart of hearts but I could understand if that would have been the case, yes.
‘I am very grateful (for the backing). They are not a board that sack managers for the sake of it.
‘We have had great success, we are going through a tough time but they don’t leave you out in the lurch.’
Celtic were beaten 2-0 by Ross County and were dumped out of Betfred Cup on Sunday
The Hoops are in freefall and have won just two of their last 10 matches in all competitions
The former Celtic captain, in his second spell as Parkhead boss, added: ‘There is great support here. Great support from supporters, letters, emails… there has been great support from other managers in the game, and the LMA (League Managers Association) who have seen it all before and who probably deal with it on a daily basis.
‘It is really encouraging and comforting and I have had great support from the players as well.’
Following the defeat on Sunday, the club launched an investigation after fans aimed missiles at shaken players as they demanded Lennon to step down.
The result sparked ugly scenes when a mob of around 200 supporters ignored coronavirus restrictions to gather outside the main stand. Online videos showed a group of yobs throwing missiles at the cars of players as they received an escort from the stadium.
The result saw angry mob of around 200 Celtic fans arrive at Parkhead to protest Lennon’s job
A small group of masked fans tried to break through a police cordon to reach the players
Celtic have launched a probe into the incident which took place after their Betfred Cup loss
Lennon insists he understands why the fans are frustrated but believes the mob-like reaction was not warranted. Lennon added: ‘We are disappointed, we are hurt.
‘I understand the frustrations of the supporters because ultimately we are not in a great run at the minute.
‘But it serves no purpose, particularly for the players.’