Celtic legend Chris Sutton has recently made a claim about the upcoming AC Milan game and why that could be the ‘last throw of the dice’ for Neil Lennon.
Sutton was a guest on the latest episode of the Record Celtic podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was Neil Lennon and Sutton feels that the club’s upcoming game against Milan is a must-win clash for the beleaguered boss.
The Hoops have now won just two of their last 10 games in all competitions. They recently lost to Ross County in the League Cup and lost 4-1 to Sparta Prague for a second time in a matter of weeks as they were knocked out of the Europa League. They also find themselves 11 points behind Rangers in the league table.
Sutton believes that Lennon will be playing his strongest XI against Milan on Thursday.
He said: “There’s a big question about is the game against St. Johnstone at the weekend bigger than the game against Milan on Thursday night, and of course, it is, because Celtic are out of European competition now.
“But if you are Neil Lennon, you’ll be thinking: ‘I need to win this game.’ So he is going to play his strongest XI. That’s what I would do if I was Neil Lennon. We thought he’d had his last throw of the dice, but this must be his last throw of the dice. Therefore, that could have a knock-on effect to Sunday.”
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Celtic have recently made it clear that they back Neil Lennon to turn things around as they have held positive talks with the club’s manager. Having said that, it has also been reported that Lennon was ‘shown a yellow card’ following the club’s loss to Rangers in the Old Firm derby and the likes of Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane and Eddie Howe have already been contacted.
The fact that the club held a meeting with Lennon suggests that they might have doubts about his abilities as the manager and because of that, winning as many games as possible will be very important for the Hoops boss. Therefore, the upcoming game against Milan could well be vital for his future at Parkhead.