Neil Lennon will remain in charge of Celtic for January’s clash with Rangers at Ibrox, despite the Hoops’ poor form.
A club source has told the Daily Record that Celtic are backing their man and believe that things could look very different after the next Glasgow derby on January 2.
“There is an opportunity for some momentum to be built up between now and the New Year. If the manager can achieve that by going on a winning run, lifting a Scottish Cup and then getting one over Rangers at their own ground, then it would look like a very different picture in just a few weeks.”
Celtic released another statement on Monday, reiterating their support for Lennon, despite another poor result on Sunday against St. Johnstone.
Celtic do have two games in hand over Steven Gerrard’s side, so that 13-point may not look so bad if the Hoops can secure all six points from those games.
However, in their current form that looks unlikely and it places a lot of pressure on both the squad and Lennon to pin their hopes on January’s meeting with the league leaders.
Rangers appear to be in unstoppable form, winning 14 of their 16 league games this season. With the Gers yet to taste defeat, that 13-point gap could be even larger by the time January rolls around.
Gerrard’s men have already beaten Celtic comfortably this season, winning 2-0 at Celtic Park. It was a dominant performance from the Gers back in October, who were awarded a collective team rating of 7.00 by WhoScored on the day, compared to a measly 6.34 rating for the home side.
If Rangers can beat Celtic again, they’ll be looking to go the season unbeaten.
And Celtic may well be looking to withdraw their support for a manager who they’re backing in the face of extreme pressure at the moment.
That would be a double blow that Celtic might take a long time to recover from.
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