The Celtic legend has given his prediction about Neil Lennon’s future at Parkhead as the Hoops continue to struggle.
After their disastrous start to the season, it is safe to say that Neil Lennon’s future at Celtic is hanging by a thread. And that thread is getting thinner with every passing game.
The Hoops have managed just two wins from their last eleven games, losing an astounding six of them. That is the amount of matches that you would expect a Celtic side to lose through the course of an entire season.
The majority of the fans want the manager out by now and have grown frustrated with the fact that the board have not taken a decision yet. There is no sign that Lennon can turn this thing around as the performances have not shown any improvement. In fact, one could argue that they are deteriorating.
Davie Provan knows what it takes to have a long career at Parkhead, having enjoyed a very successful stint at the club during the late ’70s and the ’80s. And he believes that Lennon is doomed unless the defence sorts itself out quickly.
Provan wrote in his column in The Scottish Sun:
“Unless that backline stop taking a double-barrelled to their feet, Lennon is doomed.
“The boys at the top end of the pitch must be sick. Going two up against the Serie A leaders gave Celts plenty to hold on to. Instead, they lose one from a free-kick and go to pieces.
“It wouldn’t be fair to scapegoat Vasilis Barkas, but who scouted this guy? How many times was he watched in the flesh?
“Who decided he was good value at £5million? If Celts had spent a fraction of that money upgrading Craig Gordon’s contract they’d be in better nick.”
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Of course, the defence has been the biggest weakness for the Hoops this season. While they have also struggled to find the back of the net as consistently as they normally do, there defence has been a far bigger worry.
Shane Duffy was brought in to add solidity to the back but it ended up having the opposite effect. Keeping him out of the line-up has not fixed the mess up either though as they have continued to leak goals. Even against teams that you’d expect them to beat convincingly.
Of course, Lennon would know that. Anybody who has watched Celtic play this season, even on a semi-regular basis, would know that. It is hard to see what he can do right now though. None of them have impressed individually and no combination appears to be working either.
To be brutally honest, Lennon’s sacking seems inevitable at this point of time.