Celtic legend Jackie McNamara has discussed the possibility of the club having a new manager to replace Neil Lenonn before the end of the season.
McNamara appeared as a guest on the latest video on the 67HailHail YouTube channel as the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Hoops. One topic of discussion was Lennon’s future at Parkhead. McNamara believes that no manager would be willing to replace Lennon at this point of the season, with the team all but set to surrender their nine-year grip on the championship.
Will Lennon survive the season?
Protests have already taken place against Lennon and the Celtic board, but as things stand, nothing has changed. The Hoops are still 23 points behind Rangers in the league table, and while they did beat Kilmarnock in their most recent outing, they are also out of the League Cup and the Europa League (as per Transfermarkt).
McNamara believes that a new manager could be ‘blamed’ for the failures at Celtic and hence, the Hoops won’t be able to replace Lennon with someone else until they have officially relinquished their status as champions.
He said: “The biggest thing is, if someone’s going to come in, they’re not going to come in just now when the league’s not been decided yet – although, the league’s more or less gone. But who would want to come in at this point and take over and get partially blamed for it in some people’s eyes? That’s still got to be resolved. I don’t think anything will happen until that’s been resolved.”
TIF Thoughts on McNamara’s comments about Celtic’s plan for the future…
While Celtic have won only two of their last seven games in the league, they’ve actually had a poorer run of form in all competitions this season. That run came in October and finished in December when Lennon’s men won only twice in as many as 12 games in all competitions – yet Lennon held onto his job on that occasion.
The club had also publicly backed the manager instead of axing him. So if the club were happy to back him in even tougher times, perhaps they may still be doing so amid their current run. Because of that, it might not be a surprise if Lennon does indeed stay at the club for some weeks, and McNamara’s prediction becomes reality.