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Dermot Desmond intervenes to give Neil Lennon full support

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Dermot Desmond made a personal phone call to Neil Lennon before the club issues their 7pm Vote of Confidence in the Celtic boss.

Despite a run of two wins in 12 matches the Celtic board belief that Lennon is the man best capable of bringing success this season as the hoops flounder in the bid to win a 10th successive title.

By the start of December Celtic had been knocked out of three cup competitions and now trail by 13 points in the SPFL title race.

Earlier this season Desmond told The Athletic that the current squad is superior to the 2003 edition that reached the UEFA Cup Final in Seville.

It would have been easy for Desmond to slide into the background to leave Peter Lawwell’s fingerprints on tonight’s statement but according to The Sun the businessman phoned Lennon to reassure him of his full backing:

CELTIC have vowed Neil Lennon won’t be sacked because “he knows what it takes” to bring success to the club. SunSport exclusively broke the news that Lennon has been given boardroom assurances that his position is safe.

We can now reveal majority shareholder Dermot Desmond made a personal phone call to give the under-fire manager his full support. And Hoops chiefs issued a detailed statement explaining why they are still backing Lennon in the face of a fans’ backlash.

Lennon’s job was made permanent in May 2019 when he was given a 12 month rolling contract straight after the Scottish Cup win over Hearts.

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