Paul Robinson has claimed Neil Lennon is facing the Celtic sack if Rangers pip them to the league title this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England goalkeeper revealed he was “surprised” that the northern Irishman returned to Parkhead for a second spell in charge earlier this year.

Lennon built on Brendan Rodgers’ impressive work by helping secure a third consecutive domestic treble, including an eighth consecutive league title.

Robinson was not expecting the ex-Hibernian manager, 48, to replace Rodgers when he abruptly quit at the end of February to join Leicester City.

“I was surprised when he got given the job in the first place, to be honest, but he’s got a clear affinity with the club, a clear link with the club and other than the European form there is nothing to suggest that he shouldn’t be manager,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“They’ll be very, very disappointed with the early exit from the Champions League qualifiers and their performances in Europe wouldn’t be what they would expect.

“Was he the right man to replace Rodgers in the first place? It’s a bit like Solskjaer at Manchester United isn’t it – been given it in the short-
term and then being given it in the long-term.

“Time will tell, Celtic fans won’t be happy if Rangers are ahead of then – the minimum requirement if you’re Rangers or Celtic is winning the league – if you don’t do that, Lennon’s job’s in question.”

Lennon has won four Scottish league titles as Celtic manager and also steered the club to three Scottish Cup triumphs.

His side are top of the SPL after 10 matches, but are only ahead of Rangers on goal difference.

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