Ex-Celtic player Alan Stubbs has said on BT Sport Score that Celtic’s under-fire manager Neil Lennon is “in the worst position you can be in” because he is “living game to game right now.”
Chris Sutton, who was co-presenting, agreed with the former defender. “They are a in a lot of trouble,” he said.
These comments are all the more worrisome for Lennon as they’ve come from two men who know him well, who consider him a friend, and who want nothing but the best for him.
Lennon took over at Hibs from Stubbs, and has known Sutton since they were part of Celtic’s treble-winning Martin O’Neill team.
Sutton spent much of the last month defending Neil Lennon from fan attacks, before being forced to conclude that the board cannot continue to wait for things to improve.
Form over the season has been awful.
The League Cup exit last weekend upped the pressure and led to fan protests outside the stadium.
In the meantime, Lennon was allowed to take the team to Milan – where they suffered another loss.
Out of Europe and trailing Rangers by 11 points heading into the weekend, it is little surprise that Lennon appears to be losing support from multiple angles.
TIF Thoughts on Alan Stubbs’ and Chris Sutton’s comments…
These are especially harsh verdicts coming from guys like these; it can only increase the pressure that Lennon is under. The feeling continues to grow that the Celtic boss is living on borrowed time. These guys don’t want to see him lose his job, but even they accept that his position has become increasingly desperate.