Keith Jackson has hinted at Celtic’s possible plan in case they end up sacking Neil Lennon after a terrible start to the season.
Every week, it is becoming more and more apparent that there needs to be some change at Celtic if they are to bring their season back on track. The Hoops have just managed two wins in their last eight games and Neil Lennon is walking the managerial tightrope right now. A few more bad results and the sack could finally come.
It is hard to time the decision though. On one hand, Lennon has continued to deliver one trophy after the other since returning to the club. But on the other, there have always been questions about his tactical acumen and he has been viewed by a section of the support as a ‘cheap’ option.
Whatever maybe the case, it is clear that the club cannot wait much longer if results don’t improve. And Keith Jackson believes that Gordon Strachan maybe the man that they go to if Lennon is indeed shown the exit door.
He wrote in the Daily Record:
It’s the phone-call that Peter Lawwell won’t wish to make and Gordon Strachan definitely doesn’t want to receive.
But just because the conversation would be excruciatingly awkward at both ends of the line, it doesn’t make a possible solution to Celtic’s current dilemmas any less obvious. Or perhaps even inevitable if Neil Lennon can’t find a way to pull himself out of a tailspin which is threatening to see the club’s quest for 10 In A Row crash and burn around him. And find it sharpish.
For Lawwell, the weekend would have been spent agonising over whether it’s too soon and too callous to pull the trigger on a manager who has not put a foot wrong in terms of delivering one trophy after the next since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.
With the prospect of a fourth consecutive domestic clean sweep to be completed days before Christmas, denying Lennon the opportunity of leading his team into another Scottish Cup Final would make the chief executive feel like a cross between Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch. But then again, Lawwell may also be worrying and wondering if he’s already left it too late.
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Strachan might have had his detractors but it is hard to argue with the fact that he indeed was successful. During his four seasons at the club as manager, he delivered six trophies in an era when things were much more competitive in Scotland than they have been in recent years.
The general consensus amongst Celtic fans appears to suggest that they would not be too happy in case Strachan is brought in for a second spell. But there is no denying the fact that he has more pedigree as a manager than Lennon. And if things don’t improve quickly, it would be a better option to bring him in instead of hoping that things will ultimately fall into place
For now though, it appears that the board have decided to keep their faith in Lennon and let’s just hope that he can repay them.