Celtic manager Neil Lennon has insisted that he has no intention of resigning from the Hoops hotseat at present – but admits he might have to “hold his hands up” if “things deteriorated”.
The Bhoys are in dire straits at present, sitting bottom of Europe League Group H on one point and, more worryingly, 11 points adrift of Rangers in the Premiership table.
Performances and results haven’t been good, and optimism isn’t high ahead of tonight’s trip to Sparta Prague, a team that hammered Celtic 4-1 at Parkhead in the reverse fixture.
Pressure on Lennon mounted even further earlier this week when the Green Brigade held a banner up outside the stadium which read: “Save the Ten – Time to go Neil.”
When asked about whether he considered quitting, Lennon is quoted by the Daily Record as saying: “Absolutely not.
“Look, if things deteriorated, you might have to hold your hands up. But, at the minute, I’ve got no intentions of quitting.
“I don’t think I need to. I don’t think I even need to think about it. It’s all the outside noise that’s affecting other people. It’s not affecting me.
“I don’t feel under any pressure at all. I don’t feel that I should be under any pressure, either. We have lost one game in the league this season.”
Defiant words from Lennon, and even with the suggestion that he might have to hold his hands up if things got worse, he’s made his overall feelings fairly clear.
But this is precisely why a lot of Celtic fans are concerned – there is little confidence in Lennon that he will turn things around, judging by the team’s performances.
Rangers are already 11 points clear, with the pressure on the Hoops to claw themselves back to close range with their games in hand.
But given how Celtic are struggling for wins at the minute, there’s a real risk that the Gers will simply expand the gap – hence the desire by fans for someone new to come in and put things right.