By Noel Whelan

24th Nov, 2020 | 11:17am

'Criminal' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to newspaper update on Celtic sacking Lennon

Noel Whelan insists there is “real pressure” on Celtic manager Neil Lennon after the 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the “desire and hunger” shown by the Hoops at Easter Road was “criminal”.

Celtic dropped two points at Easter Road on Saturday to hand Rangers an 11 point lead in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

Neil Lennon’s side have won just two of their last eight fixtures in all competitions, conceding 17 goals in the process.

The Glasgow Times report that the 49-year-old will not walk away from his position at Parkhead and retains the full support of the club’s board.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Lennon’s future, Whelan said:

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“There is real pressure on Neil Lennon right now, there really is. I would like to say there isn’t because he is a fantastic guy and he has done wonders for that football club but something is not right.

“Defensively they have been poor, they are conceding sloppy goals.

“I thought they were lucky to get a penalty at the weekend and it was that which brought them back into the game.

“Celtic did not show the same desire and hunger that Hibernian did – it is criminal.

“Neil Lennon will be scratching his head because he has wonderful players in that squad but something is not clicking.”  

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