The protests outside Celtic Park following the loss to Ross County yesterday make Neil Lennon’s position untenable, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted “it is time” to part ways with the 49-year-old “before the scenes get worse”.

The players and staff were given a police escort away from Parkhead yesterday as angry supporters gathered outside the stadium shortly after the 2-0 defeat to Ross County.

The “unacceptable” protests, which have left a number of players shaken, have since been condemned by the club in a statement last night

Despite yesterday’s events and just two wins in the last 10, the Hoops boss insisted it is “too soon” for him to be sacked.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the scenes at Paradise on Sunday, Whelan said:

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“The crowd have been out there during a lockdown, that shows you the anger, frustration and disappointment felt towards Neil Lennon.

“The players also have to take responsibility but the manager looks powerless to me. Something is desperately wrong.

“I cannot believe they have brought themselves out of lockdown to protest. It just shows that the Ross County defeat was the final straw for them.

“They are out of Europe, out of a cup and for me the league is gone as well. The chance to turn the tables has been missed. There have been too many terrible performances.

“For me, it is the time to say sorry Neil but we need to make this change now before the scenes get any worse.”

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