Pundit Tam McManus has recently made a claim about Neil Lennon’s future at Celtic.
McManus was a guest on the latest episode of PLZ Soccer’s The Football Show and the panel discussed multiple issues involving Scottish football. One topic of discussion was Celtic’s latest statement backing Neil Lennon, and McManus believes that Celtic will keep the manager in the job until the Scottish Cup final – unless they drop points against St. Johnstone in the Premiership.
The latest statement from Celtic had some quotes from the club’s chief executive Peter Lawwell, who said that everyone at the club is disappointed about the team’s recent results but Lennon and his staff have never been more determined to succeed at Parkhead. Lawwell also urged for some strength in adversity at the club (as per Celticfc.com).
McManus believes that even though Lennon can’t turn things around at Celtic right now, he might get time to save his job ahead of the club’s Scottish Cup final later this month.
Will Neil Lennon last till the Scottish Cup final?
He said: “I thought it was a bit of a nothing statement, to be honest. I think it is just stuff that fans want to hear. I just think there was nothing in that statement at all. I don’t believe that Neil Lennon can turn that around – obviously the board do, Peter Lawwell does. I think they’ll probably give him until the cup final now, unless they drop points against St. Johnstone at the weekend.”
TIF Thoughts on McManus’ comments regarding Neil Lennon’s future…
In a recent press conference, Lennon said that his sacking would have been understandable considering the club’s recent poor run of form and their loss to Ross County. He also said that he is ‘grateful’ for the club’s support (as per Sky Sports).
These comments might point towards the fact that Lennon understands the need to turn things around soon. The Hoops have won just two games out of their last ten outings in all competitions prior to their midweek clash against AC Milan. They have been knocked out of the League Cup and the Europa League, while a loss to St. Johnstone at the weekend could increase Rangers’ lead at the top of the table to as much as 14 points.
So if Celtic want to win their tenth title in a row, winning league games regularly should be a priority. Because of that, the Hoops just can’t afford to drop points against St. Johnstone.