By Noel Whelan

20th Dec, 2020 | 10:32am

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic board under 'Massive Pressure' after big Rangers development

Neil Lennon must ensure Celtic remain focused on the task in hand despite seeing Rangers lose for the first time this season, Noel Whelan has warned.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker insisted the Northern Irish boss is still under “massive pressure” and that the Bhoys can take no solace from their rivals’ disappontment.

St Mirren handed Steven Gerrard and his men their first defeat this term on Wednesday night, while the Gers also had to come back from being 1-0 down at half-time to beat Motherwell on Saturday.

With Celtic, who have three games in hand over their Glasgow neighbours, now 16 points behind in the Premiership title race, Whelan has insisted the Hoops need to focus on their own game.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think they’ve just got to concentrate on themselves right now, don’t start looking over your shoulder, don’t start worrying across the road in Glasgow.

“They’ve got enough problems to figure out and to get their season back on track so I don’t think they’ve got any room start looking over and gloating. I think they’ve got to get their own ship sorted out and back sailing in the right direction.

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“They did it with a 2-0 win, a clean sheet which is what they’ve needed more than anything, but I think Neil Lennon is still under massive pressure. I think the board’s under massive pressure from the fans.

“It’s not going to go away until they start stringing some really good results together and start pushing and showing a little bit more like what they can do.

“There’s going to be pressure in every single game for these players now because they’re under the microscope and they put themselves there so they’ve got to concentrate on them right now.”

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