Exclusive: Whelan shares verdict on Celtic sacking Lennon after critical update
Noel Whelan has backed Neil Lennon to survive the sack and called on the Celtic players to “take responsibility” for their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker insisted that Lennon’s tactics are not to blame for the Hoops’ recent decline.
Celtic are now winless in their last three games across all competitions after their 3-3 draw with Aberdeen on Sunday.
The result means the Bhoys are six points behind Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership although they do have a match in hand.
Lennon has come under pressure for his side’s recent results but the Northern Irishman dismissed calls for him to be sacked as “not justified”.
Celtic lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on Sunday after Lennon abandoned his 3-5-2 system but Whelan believes the draw with Aberdeen shows that tactics are not the issue.
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He told Football Insider: “Right now they’re going through a stage where they’re trying to figure out what it is.
“It’s not about the formation, it’s about people not doing their jobs properly.
“They’ve got to get back to working hard, having balance, it doesn’t matter whether it’s three or four at the back. It’s proven that they keep shipping goals.
“They’ve got to figure something out.
“I think it’s more players’ concentration and mistakes rather than formation. That’s what Neil Lennon needs to look at.
“I don’t think it’s the manager, he can only do as much as possible as he can.
“It’s the players that have got to take responsibility for these performances and the mistakes that they are making at the minute.”
Summer signing Shane Duffy came under particular criticism for Sunday’s performance after he was at fault for the Dons’ second goal.
Lennon backed the defender and said: “He’s a human being and he made a mistake, but he shouldn’t be hung out to dry for it. He has my full support.”