Mounting Rumours Suggest That Neil Lennon Has Been Sacked, But It’s Not Clear That They’re True

Calls for Neil Lennon to be sacked have been fervent for a couple of months now. Celtic fans staged demonstrations outside the stadium at various times, directing their anger at both Lennon and the club’s hierarchy.

One of many banners by Celtic fans expressing discontent with Neil Lennon (Manager), Peter Lawwell (Chief Executive) and Dermot Desmond (Majority Shareholder)

Celtic endured one of the worst runs of form in the club’s history with just 2 wins in 11 matches at one stage. The Glasgow giants have the largest budget in Scotland and arguably the best players on paper. However, they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, were one goal away from breaking the record for the most goals conceded in a Europa League group stage, exited the League Cup in the early rounds and trail Rangers by 21 points in the League.

The reluctance to remove Lennon from his position months ago, or indeed for the Irishman to resign, meant that the season deteriorated to a point that it is now beyond repair. At least that is the opinion of many supporters.

The emergence of David Turnbull, Ismaila Soro and Leigh Griffiths momentarily provided hope as all three inspired Celtic to a small upturn in form. However, the trio were helpless to prevent Celtic falling to a 1-0 defeat at Ibrox which effectively ended any hope of a historic tenth consecutive League title.

Fans were left baffled as to why all three had been left out of the team for so long and perhaps Celtic would not be in such a dire position if they were introduced to the team sooner.

After losing to the Rangers, Celtic embarked on a disastrous trip to Dubai, which resulted in no less than 14 players missing the match against Hibernian upon their return. Consequentially, the Hoops drew 1-1 with Hibs and any embers of miraculously recovering the title well and truly died.

Now, in the midst of the Celtic board coming under severe pressure for a number of different reasons, rumours are beginning to circulate that Neil Lennon’s contract as Manager of the club has been terminated.

MORE: 97k Views, Lawwell Video Reaction: “Horrendous interview. Trying to defend the indefensible”…”No mention of the January stock take on Lennon?”

The below posts have been spreading across social media like wildfire:

However, there has been no official source to substantiate this information and it may have emanated from a fake screenshot which has been doing the rounds, pretending to be Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan.

McGowan has confirmed that the screenshot is fake and that he never posted the message:

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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