Danny Mills has insisted Neil Lennon can still motivate his players and his Celtic job is safe until at least Christmas.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England defender claimed it was not Lennon’s fault that the Hoops conceded at the San Siro.
Lennon told the Scottish Sun after the game that his side “looked far more like ourselves” and he had plenty of positives to take from the game.
Lennon’s job has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks but Football Insider understands the Celtic board are unlikely to sack Lennon before January’s Old Firm clash with Rangers.
Chief executive Peter Lawwell also released a statement during the week reiterating their full support of the Northern Irishman.
Mills is convinced that the Christmas period will be crucial to how long Lennon can survive.
“Going 2-0 up shows that he can still motivate a team,” Mills told Football Insider.
“When they concede after that, is it Neil Lennon’s fault? I’m not convinced it is in all honesty.
“Unfortunately for him, he’s had the dreaded vote of confidence, so we have to wait and see what that means.
“All managers go through little dips and little spells where it doesn’t quite happen. Look at Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton, he’ll be the best example of that.
“He lost 9-0 and everybody was going on about how disastrous that was but when you wait if he’s doing the right things that everybody believes in and you’re pushing in the same direction.
“Because of what they’ve achieved and won in recent seasons you have to be a little bit patient and not get carried away.
“If he gets through the Christmas period and they start to pick up then fine. If he doesn’t they’ll probably reassess after Christmas.”
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