Alex McLeish has claimed it’s possible some Celtic players “threw the towel in” before Neil Lennon’s resignation.

The former Rangers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he did not want to think professional footballers would give up under a manager but confessed he could just be naive.

Celtic bounced back from defeat to Ross County to beat Aberdeen 1-0 in John Kennedy’s first game in charge as interim boss.

Odsonne Edouard netted his 20th goal of the campaign – and first in three matches – to secure all three points.

McLeish suggested a “massive” loss of confidence had led to the Hoops’ downturn but admitted he could not rule out players downing tools.

Asked if he thought some Celtic players had failed to give their all under Lennon, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I don’t like to single out players but listen, it probably does happen.

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“Maybe I’m a bit naive and it’s happened to me in the past. However, I tend to think that when players are not playing to a level you expect, it’s more a mental, personal thing.

“They’re maybe not confident, they’re only human. You hear stories about players throwing the towel in but I wouldn’t like to think that of professionals.

“If it’s not happening for them on a particular day then, I don’t think it’s: ‘Well I’m going to do this to make the manager look like an idiot.’

“I would say that there’s been a massive lack of confidence and there’s obviously been a lot of form in a lot of the top players at Celtic.” 

In other news, it has been claimed Celtic have a director of football coming in “soon” as overhaul accelerates.