By Alan Hutton

2nd Dec, 2020 | 1:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit derides what he's heard about Lennon from Celtic star - 'I mean it'

Alan Hutton has questioned just how much backing Neil Lennon has from the Celtic dressing room despite Christopher Jullien’s public call of support.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the Hoops look to be at “rock bottom” in terms of their confidence.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Jullien insisted the Northern Irishman had “100 per cent support from the players” amid the Hoops’ dire run of form across all competitions.

 

Celtic were dumped out of the Scottish League Cup by Ross County on Saturday, while their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League knock-out stages are also dead and buried.

Hutton has admitted the Bhoys’ performances have been a long way off the expected standards and suggested that confidence was at an all-time low under Lennon.

Asked if he thought there was something wrong in the dressing room, Hutton told Football Insider: It seems like it. I mean, I can only speak from experience and I’m on the outside now, all the players are going to say the right things, that’s how it goes.

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“Of course you’re going to be behind the manager, you’re not going to go against him but at the end of the day these boys then have to go across the white line and go and put in a performance, and they haven’t.

“Whether that’s down to the manager, down the players not being together or whatever, confidence is massive in football and they look rock bottom.

 

“When I watch them, they look like they’re playing with no confidence and we’re talking about excellent players here who have won everything.

“It’s strange to think that we’re having this conversation but they’re going to need to turn it round quick.”

In other Celtic news, pundit suggests bust-up between Lennon and star players at heart of decline.