Chris Sutton believes that the criticism and attacks on Social Media will be destroying Neil Lennon.
Game by game, month by month support has drifted away from the Celtic boss with four win-less matches in 2021 starting to repeat the autumn run of two wins from 12 matches that brought protests, banners and club statements.
Had Lennon left Celtic in October or November he would have left with some respect, a manager that delivered trophies but sensed that the job was now beyond him. Like Brendan Rodgers before him the interference of the CEO into footballing matters had gone too far.
Delivering 9-in-a-row would have been an achievement but it seems that personal pride and the lure of completing a Quadruple Treble got the better of him, now he’ll be remembered, alongside Peter Lawwell, for failing to make it to 10.
Sutton tells Daily Record readers:
It’s not even a 50-50 call amongst most fans now. Not even 90-10 in terms of backing. If he goes into next season, how much latitude would he have? Virtually none.
That will hurt. That will kill him inside. The club he’s devoted nearly half his life to he doesn’t want to give it up. I get that, we would all feel this way, would we not? When Neil walks out of the door this time, it will be for the last time in an official capacity. That will also hurt.
Whether you feel he could save it or think he is doing an awful job and it’s beyond him, you cannot say he is not committed to the club.
Lennon signed a 12 month rolling contract on the back of Celtic beating Hearts in the 2019 Scottish Cup Final.
The manner of his exits from Bolton and Hibs appears to be getting repeated with results nose-diving but there seems to be no indication from Lawwell or the Celtic board that they will step in and bring his second stint to an end.