Does Celtic statement allude to a new manager in January?

CELTIC released a statement this evening giving Neil Lennon their backing after the Irishman oversaw one of the worst runs in modern history. Celtic have just two wins in twelve games and there have been calls to relieve Lennon of his managerial duties as Celtic have exited three competitions before Christmas.

The statement gave the board’s backing towards Lennon but there was a nugget of information in the statement that may have gone unnoticed.

“Progress will be reviewed in the New Year.”

Celtic face Lille on Thursday in the Europa League before the visit to Celtic Park of Alex Dyer’s Kilmarnock. The two games come before The Scottish Cup Final versus Hearts, which Lennon will hope will result in him being held in the same esteem as Rodgers, Martin O’Neill and Jock Stein by winning a Treble. However, this statement looks like Lennon will be given the chance to go to January and Ibrox with the league very much hanging by a thread.

Celtic will allow Lennon to take the six games up to Ibrox as well as the visit to face the league leaders. Anything less than a win on January 2 and it could be curtains for 10IAR. The board have put their faith in Lennon and like everyone, they would like to see him deliver success. However, there have been no signs that things are turning around.

Jack Ross, Paul Lambert and Eddie Howe have been linked with the job and would no doubt be interested in taking the job but Lennon appears to have the full support of the owners, even if the fans disagree.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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