Neil Lennon believes that a winning run through to the end of the season can salvage Celtic’s 20/21 campaign.
The former Bolton boss has appeared increasing detached from reality as he presides over the biggest capitulation in the lifetime of most fans.
By the time he took his squad to Dubai last month the hoops were 18 points behind with 10-in-a-row written off just as quickly as the ‘campaigns’ in the Champions League, Europa League and Betfred Cup.
Now on the back of five wins that have cut the gap at the top of the table to 15 points Lennon is trying to put some spin on a season that has made for brutal viewing for locked out fans.
Speaking to the Daily Record the Celtic boss said:
It is not the unmitigated disaster that everyone makes it out to be and we want to finish the season as strongly as possible and see where that takes us. We’re looking at every game on its own merit. We’re not setting targets.
We’re looking at the next game against Ross County. They are fighting for their lives and we can’t afford to drop points. We need to try to keep our run going and not worry about what’s going on elsewhere. If we take it to beyond the split, then so be it.
To be successful here year in, year out you need to be of a certain temperament and be able to take the rough with the smooth. We are seeing that now with the good groove and it takes a bit of character to do that.
Among the many unwanted records that Lennon’s side has broken this season was becoming the first Celtic side since the fifties to lose four consecutive home matches while their record of losing 19 goals is six Europa League matches wasn’t surpassed by any other side in the competition.