Neil Lennon could keep his job if he can pull Celtic closer to Rangers and Steven Gerrard’s side do not end the season with a landslide title triumph.
That’s according to former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the managerial situation at Parkhead.
The Hopps are struggling through a disastrous season which has ruined any chance of winning a historic tenth Scottish Premiership title in a row.
Lennon’s side will still be 15 points behind Rangers if they win their game in hand and the majority of fans have joined critics in calling for the Hoops board to axe the manager.
Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier said in a statement on Monday, “We will not make hasty decisions that we might regret.”
Whelan insists Celtic won’t make any decisions on Lennon’s future until the season is over and claimed Rangers can keep him in a job by not pulling too far clear.
“The decision will be made when they see how far away they are from Rangers at the end of the season,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“That’s a big part of it, it doesn’t matter right now. We know they aren’t going to win the Premiership.
“It’s about how respectable he [Lennon] can make it before the end of the season. There’s no doubt that this season is a massive disappointment for Celtic despite winning the cup.
“The league was the big one and they’ve not even challenged for it.”
In January, Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell announced he would be stepping down after 17 years in the role ahead of a “period of transition”.
The Hoops are next in action against Aberdeen on Wednesday night as Lennon’s side look to close the gap on Rangers.
In other Celtic news, this site understands a player has been chosen to replace Scott Brown as Hoops captain.