Peter Lawwell risks more Lennoxtown revolt if he were to hire Gordan Strachan to replace Neil Lennon and save Celtic supporters’ hopes of ten-in-a-row.
According to The Times, Strachan could make a shock return to the Parkhead helm this winter as Lawwell and majority owner Dermot Desmond consider their options after Rangers stormed to an 11-point lead in the Premiership table.
Lennon has so far failed in his bid to turn Celtic’s fortunes around after a dire start to the campaign, that saw the dominant Scottish force of seasons past stumble out of the League Cup at the first time of asking when beaten 2-0 at home by Ross County last week.
Fans revolted outside Parkhead calling for Lennon to go following the Ross County loss, with hundreds of supporters clashing with police as they sought to get their voices heard.
Defeat to AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night ensured an end to Celtic’s UEFA campaign for the year, too, with the 1967 Champions League winners sat rock bottom of Group H with just a single point beside their name after five games.
Celtic CEO Lawwell has come out in support of Lennon’s position, urging supporters to remain united as everyone at the club is “feeling the same hurt, disappointment, and frustration”. But rumours are rife of potential replacements, including three-time league winning coach Strachan.
Lawwell must think carefully about the prospect of replacing Lennon with Strachan at a time of crisis, as Celtic’s hope of a record tenth-straight Premiership crown hangs in the balance.
Strachan has been out of management since leaving his position in charge of the Scottish national side by “mutual consent” in 2017, four days after failing to qualify for the World Cup and seeing fans turn on him.
Supporters labelled a draw with Lithuania “the worst night in 30 years” of following Scotland as their hopes of going to Russia ended, with Strachan’s stubborn team selection a point of fury after picking his squad on name rather than form.
The 63-year-old’s last stint in club management was an unmitigated disaster, as well, with Strachan tearing up his contract at Middlesbrough with the club just two points above the Championship relegation places almost a year after Boro sat a point off the top spot.
Middlesbrough had won just 28% of their fixtures across all competitions under Strachan, who oversaw a mere 13 wins in 46 games, lost 20 times and boasted a negative goal difference after shipping 59 goals to the 51 his players scored.
No side – domestic or international – has hired Strachan to take charge of their plans since his Scotland spell ended, with his current position as Sporting Director for second-tier side Dundee FC, who have won one league game this season, his role for the past 17-months.
Could Strachan bring a fresh approach to Parkhead if given another chance? It would be doubtful, and Lawwell would risk further revolt by leaning on tried and tested plans from yesteryear.
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