Alex McLeish has been left raving over the mental strength he has seen from Neil Lennon to get Celtic back to winning ways.
The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Bhoys have turned a corner and admitted only the “craziness of football” prevented the Hoops from securing victory against Rangers.
Celtic managed to win just three games from a possible 12 following their 2-0 defeat to Rangers and were met with protests from disgruntled fans calling for action at Parkhead.
Lennon’s men turned things around in December with four victories and no goals conceded, but a Callum McGregor own goal brought the winning streak to an end with a defeat to Rangers.
The Light Blues are now 19 points clear at the top of the table, although Celtic do have three games in hand over their Glasgow rivals.
McLeish has paid credit to his fellow manager for coming through the storm at Parkhead and admitted he was unlucky to see his side lose on derby day.
“It has been a remarkable month from the time when we saw Celtic fans protesting at Celtic Park and Neil, I don’t know what he would have felt at that time,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“Well, actually, I do, because I’ve experienced times when Rangers haven’t been doing well when I was in the hot seat and I know how I felt inside. For Neil to come out of that and get them playing well, he takes a lot of credit for that.
“Something like that could have driven him to misery, he’s showed a lot of mental strength there. I’ve been through those kinds of periods myself in football management. Obviously, you don’t chuck it, the one thing that you never say is you can’t go through this.
“Neil did what I’d expect of every manager in the land to do and make a case for yourself. He’s got them playing well, he’s tweaked a few things, Soro’s come in and looked pretty good.
“Credit to Lennon and how he’s got them back to a level of undefeated football culminating only in that Rangers defeat. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve played in games where the team who played the best loses and that is the craziness of football.”