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Lennon: I want to see Celts job out

NEIL LENNON has reassured Celtic fans that he is in no rush to walk out on the club.

Saturday's home defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle was followed by 'I'll quit' stories after the Celtic boss gave his views on an exchange with some fans.

After less than three years in the job it's hard to think of Lennon not being in the Celtic dug-out, with the manager confirming that he's at the club for the long haul as he looked forward to facing Hearts tonight.

"It was a little bit of heat of the moment stuff," he explained looking back at Saturday. "I am tucked into the job now and I want to see it through. I want success and last Saturday makes me more determined than ever.

"There will be people who are pleased about the reaction last weekend and want to take shots at us. That's fine, they do not contribute anything to the game up here and just want to take negatives out of it.

"I am prepared for it, I have seen it all before and I have been in a lot worse positions than this. I understand the supporters' reaction.

"One point out of nine at home is not good enough, so I sympathise with them, but they have to sympathise with us sometimes, too.

"It's not that the players aren't trying to win the game or they are lackadaisical or lazy. It's just that it has not happened at times and I need to find out why."

Lennon has survived a Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to First Division Ross County and turned around a 15-point deficit on Rangers to become champions since taking over from Tony Mowbray.

Precarious

The business of management is getting more and more precarious with supporter patience wafer thin.

With the sacking season underway in the English Premiership Lennon is well aware that job security is thin on the ground.

"I would like to think the fans are still with me," he added. "But there is a lack of patience sometimes at home. All clubs have it. Arsene Wenger's been getting it at Arsenal.

"We have set a good bar for ourselves, so there is dissent and I understand that but the fans have to see it from our point of view as well.

"I am not trying to create division here. There was just a difference of opinion with a couple of supporters. No big deal. They are entitled to voice their opinion just as I am entitled to voice mine."

Kelvin Wilson is likely to return to the Celtic defence tonight with a late decision taken on the fitness of skipper Scott Brown.


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