With Celtic only picking up one point on the road this weekend and Rangers yet again asserting their dominance, things look bleak for Neil Lennon and his Bhoys.
Steven Gerrard continues to churn out win after win following their 4-0 thrashing of Aberdeen this afternoon. Their unbeaten streak continues and now puts them 11 points clear of reigning champions Celtic, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Hibernian last time out.
The Hoops have two games in-hand over the Gers, but they are now relying solely on Gerrard and his men slipping up, which doesn’t look likely. Chris Sutton recently gave his thoughts on Lennon’s situation at the club and believes that whilst it would be rash to axe the Northern Irishman now, he could may well be given the sack if they don’t win against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The idea of a manger being dismissed often leaves an air of uncertainty around a team. Sacking Lennon, as a returning Hoops head coach, would be a huge move from Celtic, which could jolt the senior squad. However, it may not have a negative effect on Leigh Griffiths, who could actually benefit from the decision.
The £1.8million-rated Scotsman has fallen out of favour under Lennon recently. After returning from a hamstring injury last season, the striker featured in every Premiership match for the Bhoys, but this campaign has seen him cast aside and left to gather dust on the bench.
It seems to have started from his return following the worldwide freeze on football due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lennon slammed Griffiths for allowing himself to become “out of condition and overweight” during the lockdown period.
The manager wasn’t happy in the slightest and has since only played the 29-year-old six times across all competitions this term, with just one of these appearances being a start (via Transfermarkt).
But whilst he has been dropped, Griffiths continues to work hard and recently admitted that he wants to break into the top 20 all-time scorers for the club. His fighting talk is certainly admirable, but it’s unlikely that he will get chance to prove himself whilst Lennon is in charge.
If he is given the boot, perhaps a new manager will see the Scotland international for his full potential and make him a key part of this Celtic team.