Celtic will reportedly stick with manager Neil Lennon despite Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Ibrox that left them 19 points behind Rangers.
The defeat saw Lennon’s future at Celtic called into question once again, with the Hoops now surely looking set to miss out on 10-in-a-row this season.
However, the Scottish Sun claim that majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has no plans to sack their manager.
The news comes as yet another boost to Rangers and their title charge this season, with Celtic not looking close to a team that can challenge the Gers over the course of a campaign.
While the Hoops were much improved during sections of the Old Firm, they have not had the consistency to come anywhere near Rangers this season.
Questions have been raised about Lennon and his tactical nous and that was once again on show against Rangers.
Midfielder Nir Bitton, who was lining up in the back four in place of loan signing Shane Duffy, was sent off for a foul on Alfredo Morelos in the second half at Ibrox.
Not only did Lennon question a decision that seemed fairly straight forward, but his moves that followed also changed the course of the game.
Reacting the red card, Lennon took the decision to take off David Turnbull as part of a double substitution.
The latter was one of the very few Celtic players who managed to seriously trouble the Gers at Ibrox – as per WhoScored’s average match rating, only Kristoffer Ajer performed better than Turnbull on Saturday.
The former Motherwell man often disrupted any kind of Rangers momentum at the tip of Celtic’s diamond, sitting tightly on Steven Davis throughout the first half.
With the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard both tipped to leave the club in the summer, the Hoops are going to have a major rebuilding job on their hands at a time where Rangers are going from strength to strength.
As Celtic struggle both domestically and in Europe, the pendulum has well and truly swung in Rangers’ direction in Scotland and Steven Gerrard’s men are leading the way.
Lennon simply does not look like the manager that will get Celtic back challenging the Gers and the longer he remains in the job can only be seen as good news for the Ibrox outfit.
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