Darren Bent has admitted it is “crazy” how the mentality at Celtic has changed since slipping behind Rangers in the Premiership title race.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League striker has backed Neil Lennon to turn the club’s form around but admits the Hoops may have to concede the title to their Glasgow rivals.
Speaking to Sky Sports after last week’s 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague, Lennon confessed there needs to be a “culture change” at Parkhead following an indifferent start to the new season.
The Bhoys are bottom of their Europa League group after three games and are nine points – albeit with two games in hand – behind Rangers in the Premiership title race
Bent has insisted Lennon has the experience and nous to help Celtic get back to winning ways but admitted the Gers were looking favourites for the title.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s crazy, it’s so funny how the mentality changes when you’re so far behind Rangers. All of a sudden everything’s wrong, do you know what I mean?
“They’re obviously a little way behind Rangers now and Lennon’s come out and said the culture needs change.
“Listen, he’s a lot of trophies there and I guess when the ambition and expectation is to win that league every single year and it doesn’t happen, you’re going to get this type of criticism.
“For Neil Lennon, he’s an experienced manager, he knows how to get it done, he’s won the biggest trophies in the country, he’ll be able to ride up this wave.
“By the end of the time, it might just be one of them things where this season they get pipped by Rangers and it’s just as simple as that.”
In other Celtic news, the Bhoys have been tipped to pull off an attacking signing after January reveal.