Kevin Campbell has insisted the Celtic players are more to blame for their recent run of poor form than manager Neil Lennon.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton forward also pointed to factors out of Lennon’s control like injuries as a reason for the Hoops’ recent results.

Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone on Sunday as Rangers extended the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership table to 13 points.

After the game, the club’s board released another statement publicly stating their support for Lennon despite them being on a run of just two wins in 12 games.

The result sparked anger amongst the fans with a banner reading ‘shoot the board’ unveiled at Parkhead.

However, Campbell has called on Celtic supporters to back Lennon during this difficult time.

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He told Football Insider“I am not surprised that Neil Lennon still has a job.

“Celtic fans need to understand that you take the rough with the smooth sometimes. Neil Lennon has won so many trophies with that club and everything was hunky-dory not so long ago.

“Things can go against you and when they don’t go your way do you throw away a good manager? He is proven. He has won trophies.

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“There is mitigating circumstances here – loss of form, injuries among others. You have to look at those players. They have not been performing and they need to carry the can.” 

As well as being so far behind Rangers in the title race, Celtic have been knocked out of the Scottish League Cup, Champions League and Europa League under Lennon this term.

In other Celtic news, a top pundit has claimed the Hoops could land a “brilliant” Lennon replacement after a shock approach.