There’s currently a huge question mark above Neil Lennon’s future as head coach of Celtic. The manager of the Glasgow giants has endured a poor season which currently sees the Hoops an alarming 13 points behind arch rivals Rangers in the league.
The reigning Premiership champions are also struggling in Europe and have managed to bank themselves just one point from five games played. Because of their disappointing form, they are now mathematically out of the competition and will more than likely watch Steven Gerrard and the Gers break their nine-season winning streak in the league.
Celtic are currently backing Lennon to remain as the manager, but if the poor results continue, the board will be left with no choice but to give him his marching orders. Whilst his players have also been coming under fire, some his recent team decisions have been questionable.
In Celtic’s last two matches, Lennon opted to drop Mohamed Elyounoussi, despite him being the club’s leading scorer for this season. The Southampton loanee has made a huge impact at Parkhead since joining in the summer.
But despite outscoring Odsonne Edouard, Lennon has left him out of the starting lineup recently. Elyounoussi came on as a substitute against St Johnstone and needed just two minutes to find Celtic’s equaliser which salvaged a point for the Bhoys. His influence in attack is unquestionable and he has already proven his worth as part of Lennon’s squad.
With the Europa League already lost, the manager is likely to play a weakened side against Lille in order to rest up some players. But the Hoops will face Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on Sunday which Lennon must be prioritising.
If he doesn’t recognise that his attack is limp without the influence of Elyounoussi, then he is just short of signing his own sentence for a one-way ticket out of his job.