Neil Lennon has said that he “could understand” if Celtic had decided to dismiss him from his position as manager but says the club doesn’t make that call “for the sake of it”.
Celtic have had some very disappointing results recently. They have been eliminated from the Europa League and have won just one of their last five games. They also lost their last match 2-0 to Ross County and were eliminated from the Scottish League Cup. With the results obtained, Lennon's future is in doubt, and Celtic fans have called for his removal from the team.
Lennon is preparing Celtic for the next match against Milan in the Europa League on Thursday but was asked if he felt his time in the job was up in the wake of Sunday's cup exit.
Not in my heart of hearts but I could understand if that would have been the case, yes,
" he said.
"I am very grateful (for the backing). They are not a board that sack managers for the sake of it
"We have had great success, we are going through a tough time but they don't leave you out in the lurch."
"I understand the frustrations of the supporters because ultimately we are not in a great run at the minute.
"But it serves no purpose, particularly for the players."
Lennon said that all the players are upset and shocked by the results and are looking to improve the situation.
I am old enough to take criticism and abuse – some of it is justified, some over the top,
" he said.
"That is the role of the manager and that is the responsibility you have to bear
"The players are definitely determined to turn things around.
"They are hungry. They have felt the wrath of the supporters, if you want to call it that. It surprised some of them, it shook a few of them up.
"But they want to put things right for them and the club and themselves as well. We have to find that little extra zest and zing."
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