Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast this week, pundit Carlton Palmer has delivered his verdict on the future of Neil Lennon at Celtic.
The Hoops boss has been under considerable pressure at Parkhead in recent months, embarking on a run that saw Celtic win just two matches in 12 games.
However, the Bhoys bounced back and won six games on the trot, sealing victory in the Scottish Cup final along with it.
Unfortunately, they fell 19 points behind their fierce rivals after they tasted a 1-0 defeat against Rangers in their first game of the New Year. Thus, the pressure has been ramped up on Lennon once again.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, the pundit revealed the only thing that he thinks would keep him in the job, suggesting that things could get even tougher. He said:
“Listen, football is very fickle, and it’s very difficult. Once the tide turns against you – either as a manager or as a player – at a club, it’s very difficult to turn that. You saw that with Arsene Wenger. Once the tide turned against Arsene Wenger – and look at him, he is an Arsenal legend and club legend – but once the tide turns on you, it’s very very difficult to turn it back.
“So we’ll have to see what happens. I think Lenny’s going to find it difficult because the only way he can stay in work now is win every game.”
Of course, winning every game would be supremely difficult but it’s certainly not out of the question for this Celtic side.
They have achieved some meteoric things in the last few years and if any team in Scotland can defy the critics, it is the Hoops.
Their six-game winning streak proved they do have it in them to go on long runs, but if they can’t crawl back at least a slither of points, Lennon could well be out of the door.