By Alex McLeish

2nd Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

'A lot of people are not happy' - Exclusive: McLeish verdict on latest Celtic meltdown

Alex McLeish has claimed the impressive form of Rangers will be having a big impact on Neil Lennon and the dressing room as the Celtic season continues to unravel.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland boss revealed the sleepless nights he suffered at Ibrox when the Bhoys were the in-form side during his spell at Ibrox.

Current Celtic boss Lennon is under growing pressure at Parkhead after a dire run of form for the Hoops which included a shock defeat to Ross County in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Rangers have remained unbeaten across all competitions and have dominated the Premiership title race.

Steven Gerrard’s men are also well-placed to progress to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, a feat Celtic will be unable to match this season.

McLeish has insisted that the Gers’ performances will not have gone unnoticed at Celtic Park and suggested Lennon would be feeling added pressure as a result.

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Asked if Rangers’ form would be having an impact in the Parkhead dressing room, McLeish told Football Insider: “Yeah, I certainly know how I felt as a manager when the rivals were doing extremely well and you were struggling, it was pretty tough times.

“We say things like it’s a disaster and things like that but when we go through something like Covid-19, then these are disasters. We tend, as football people, to go: “Argh, it’s the end of the world,” but it’s not.

“That’s the thing Celtic have to believe in and if Neil’s the man to go forward then the board obviously have a bit of belief in him, but tough times and I know what it’s like – sleepless nights if you’re somebody who cares.

“Sometimes I wish I was a bit delusional and could go: “Argh, it’s okay, it’s no problem,” but because you do care about the whole situation.

“You know that a lot of people are not happy and you have made them unhappy and it all kind of lands on the gaffer. I totally empathise with Neil.” 

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit claims a bust-up is at the heart of the Hoops’ decline.