By Alex McLeish

10th Dec, 2020 | 6:00pm

McLeish Exclusive: This may be Real Reason Lennon hasn't been sacked yet by Celtic

Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic have not sacked Neil Lennon due to the timing of next week’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted there are still plenty of games for the Bhoys to bounce back in the Premiership title race despite their recent poor run of form.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Parkhead board reiterated their support for Lennon and stated “progress will be reviewed in the new year” after a disappointing first half of the season.

The Bhoys, who failed to qualify for the Champions League for the third season running, have been knocked out of the Europa League at the group stages and are 13 points behind Rangers in the Premiership title race.

However, with last season’s Scottish Cup final rescheduled for Sunday, 20 December, McLeish suggested the board would want to give him the chance to pick up another bit of silverware before potentially pulling the trigger.

McLeish told Football Insider: Time is of the essence, they say, but possibly they have other plans in place and whether they even think they’ve got a struggle to catch up in the league, there’s plenty of games to go of course.

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“I guess there’s a cup final coming up as well, for Celtic, so you know, Neil Lennon should surely still be in charge for that one and they could win another trophy despite all this bedlam surrounding Neil.” 

Celtic could complete their fourth successive domestic treble if they can beat Robbie Neilson’s men later this month.

The Bhoys finished 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership after the league was cut short last season, while they beat Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final last December.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been tipped to sign De Boer-style “Talisman” in January.