Charlie Nicholas has hammered Celtic manager Neil Lennon in quotes published by the Daily Record as the pressure continues to mount on the Northern Irishman – claiming his “weak” mentality should be to blame.
Lennon has been heavily criticised with Celtic winning just two of their last 10 matches, summed up by a first Cup defeat in four years to Scottish Premiership minnows Ross County at Parkhead. Sky Sports claim Lennon has been backed by the board.
However, the pressure on Lennon has been ramped up to the max – with the former Bolton and Hibernian gaffer now tasked with turning that form around before it is too late, and a potential 10 in a row is jeopardised.
Some pundits have been sympathetic towards Lennon. Some have suggested the Celtic players need to buck up their ideas, some have blamed the board and the recruitment department – but Nicholas has blamed Lennon for his mentality as manager.
“I have very little sympathy for Neil because he has caused his own problems, his own weakness at Celtic has now left them in this untenable position,” Nicholas said. “Also, when Neil came back, he didn’t earn the right to become Celtic manager.”
TBR’s view – Hard to see how Lennon survives
Now 11 points behind Rangers – albeit with two games in hand – Celtic have already been knocked out of the Europa League and the League Cup. AC Milan are top of Serie A, so a defeat on Thursday is the likeliest result.
That will only compound the pressure on Lennon. But certainly, not all the blame should be shoved at his door. A poor summer in terms of signings, combined with injuries and positive tests have hampered the Scottish champions.
But a change is needed and unfortunately in the modern game, the manager is the one who gets shot. It might not all be Lennon’s fault, as Nicholas so brazenly suggests, but he is the one who will be first to suffer.