Celtic have no plans to sack Neil Lennon and are likely to hold fire until the Old Firm crunch against Rangers on 2 January, Football Insider has been told.
The manager’s position has come under threat following a series of damaging results, including the 4-1 Europa League defeat on Thursday night that dumped the Hoops out of the Europa League.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the board of directors intend to stick by Lennon as they believe he can inspire a turnaround.
It is said by the source that results will ultimately dictate the situation but the plan is for the northern Irishman to remain in charge until at least the 2 January showdown at Ibrox.
That fixture could prove decisive in Lennon’s future, especially if Celtic are left lagging behind their bitter rivals afterwards.
Steven Gerrard’s side are 11 points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit after a remarkable start to the campaign.
Rangers are unbeaten in 22 matches in all competitions, but Celtic can narrow the league gap to five points if they win their two games in hand.
Lennon retains the full support, for now, of Celtic powerbrokers Dermot Desmond, the biggest shareholder, and Peter Lawwell, the chief executive.
Talks have taken place with the manager over the last 24 hours to assure him his position is safe for now.
They are confident Lennon can galvanise the players over the coming weeks and get the domestic campaign back on track.
The northern Irishman has won all domestic trophies available to him during his second spell at the club, including two league titles.