By Alex McLeish

12th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Manager drops Desmond & Lawwell verdict after Celtic talks

Alex McLeish has admitted he has sympathy for Celtic manager Neil Lennon as managing an Old Firm club when results are not going your way can “drive you to tears”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager delivered his verdict after the club’s board reiterated their commitment to the Northern Irishman.

They released a statement on Monday backing Lennon again after Celtic were held to a draw to a 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone last Sunday.

Since then, the Hoops earned their first win in six games with a 3-2 victory over Lille in a dead rubber Europa League group game on Thursday.

And McLeish has backed Lennon to build on their morale-boosting performance.

He told Football Insider“I don’t want to tell Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond what to do, these guys are fantastically experienced in this game.

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“They’re also very experienced businessmen. They may have chats with Neil and he’ll be passionate about turning it around.

“They’ll have to assess everything that’s going on and it’s not nice when the fans are in uproar about results. I felt it myself at Rangers, it can drive you to tears at times. The one thing that a manager craves and is determined to do is make the fans happy.

“Obviously the fans are not happy at the moment and Neil is in the firing line. He knows as well as I do when you’re losing games as an Old Firm manager.”

Celtic have exited the Champions League, Europa League and Scottish League Cup under Lennon this season.

The Bhoys currently sit 13 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers although they have two games in hand over their Glasgow rivals.

In other Celtic news, a top pundit has slaughtered a Hoops player who “scares” him and is letting him down.