'It's too late' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Celtic board plan for Lennon revealed
Alan Hutton has insisted January will be “too late” for Celtic to change manager if Neil Lennon fails to turn things around in December.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender insisted this month will be crucial in determining whether the Bhoys can mount a realistic title challenge.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Celtic board are not planning to sack the northern Irish boss before the second Old Firm clash against Rangers on 2 January.
While the Club has faced a difficult period on the pitch, #CelticFC Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has reiterated the Club's determination to succeed this season and move forward together.
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Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell publicly backed Lennon via a statement earlier this week after the club suffered a shock Scottish League Cup defeat to Ross County.
However, Hutton has warned the Celtic board their Premiership title hopes could be over if they stick by Lennon until January and things do not turn around over the next month.
“If this run goes on, January’s too late, I think the league will be finished,” Hutton told Football Insider.
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“If Rangers keep playing the way their playing and Celtic keep playing the way they’re playing, the league will be over by January, I can’t see going on that long.
“There’s so many games between now and January, obviously they had a tough one against Milan which nobody expected them to win, really, but the league’s the bread and butter.
“They’ve also got the Scottish League Cup final coming up, that might mask over a couple of cracks but I just don’t see, if it keeps going the way it’s going, I can’t see him getting to January, if I’m honest.”
Celtic currently sit 11 points behind Premiership table-toppers Rangers with two games in hand.
The Hoops have five league games to play until they go head-to-head with their Glasgow rivals again.