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Lennon: I'll walk away

NEIL Lennon was given two stark reminders over the weekend about the precarious nature of football management.

Just over a fortnight after leading Celtic to victory over Barcelona the Hoops boss was involved in an angry confrontation with some supporters during the 1-0 home defeat from Inverness Caley Thistle.

Afterwards Lennon promised to walk away if he wasn't wanted while his Champions League counterpart, Spartak Moscow's Unai Emery, was sacked by the Russian side shortly after yesterday's 5-1 home defeat by neighbours Dinamo.

Celtic Park will be back in harmony next Wednesday when Celtic take on Spartak aiming for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League but after dropping 10 home points from seven matches Lennon knows the problems as well as anyone.

"I've just had it out with the players," Lennon revealed. "Our play in the final third was poor. We can't keep having so much possession, missing easy chances and being wasteful with the ball.

"I'm not accepting it and I'll search to find the answers very, very quickly. I'm concerned about the lack of goals, particularly at home."

Turning to the reaction of some fans he added: "I understand supporters' frustrations, if they're not happy with me and want me to go, I'll go, simple as that.

"The lack of patience shown by some people baffles me at times. These players are giving everything for the club. They don't always get it right. I know there's a lack of consistency in the league."

Across in Edinburgh Pat Fenlon was enduring similar frustrations as a late goal from Aberdeen's Niall McGinn denied Hibs the chance to move ahead of Celtic into top spot in the SPL.

"It feels worse than last week's defeat to Dundee because we didn't deserve anything out of that, but this week we deserved to win," the Hibs boss claimed.

"Even a draw would have been a travesty. I thought from start to finish we were tremendous.

"We have to take it on the chin and move on. We didn't take our chances. That happens in football. I suppose that's the madness of the game.

"The players are down because they know they put in a great shift and have got nothing out of it. It drives you mad when you perform so well and you don't get anything out of it."

Fenlon confirmed that Hibs may make a move to sign Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller on loan if they are unable to secure a deal with Wolves to hold on to top scorer Leigh Griffiths.


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