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Lennon claims to have 'full support' of Lawwell and Desmond


Bhoys boss: Neil Lennon

Bhoys boss: Neil Lennon

Bhoys boss: Neil Lennon

Under-pressure Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed that he has the "full support" of chief executive Peter Lawwell and major shareholder Dermot Desmond.

The Hoops crashed out of the Europa League with two Group H games remaining on Thursday night, after their second 4-1 defeat by Sparta Prague this month left them with one point and still bottom of the section.

With two wins in nine in all competitions, the Hoops are 11 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership - albeit with two games in hand - and a section of the Parkhead support, fearful that the chance to win an unprecedented 10 successive titles is slipping away, have made it clear they want their manager to go.

Ahead of the Betfred Cup last-16 tie against Ross County at Parkhead tomorrow, where Celtic will attempt to win their 36th straight domestic cup tie, Lennon (right) acknowledged: "I have had a long chat with Peter and Dermot Desmond today. We are totally united, totally together and totally determined that we will make it into a good season.

"I speak to Dermot maybe twice a week, so I spoke to the two of them today on a Zoom call this morning. We are trying to find solutions to what we can do better, not just for the first team but all around the club. It was a very productive conversation and I have their full support."

The former Celtic captain is "hugely" encouraged by the support of the club's powerbrokers.

However, he was not surprised by their stance "because of the relationship I have had with them as a player and a manager in my first spell, and, certainly, in my second spell".

The Northern Irishman added: "I am delighted and it gives me a lot of confidence and comfort going through a difficult period, which all managers do, which all teams do, which all players do.

"They have been with me since day one, through the good times and what would be perceived as a bad time at the minute, and they feel the need to offer suggestions, ideas, and vice versa from me.

"They are not happy about things, no question. They are honest about things as well, but they believe in me and I believe in them, and I believe in the process.

"Again, because it's such a high-profile year, a high-profile club, the criticism and the intensity and scrutiny is magnified, and, again, I don't think there is a million things wrong with the team. I didn't think there was a million things wrong last night (Thursday). We are very determined to turn things around. I don't think it will take that much.

"The players, in some aspects of the game, are lacking a bit of confidence, but it is nothing terminal here."