Frank McAvennie is fuming the Celtic board have referred to John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan as ‘Neil Lennon’s backroom staff’ in a statement on Monday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend has urged club chiefs to “admit that they should have given Lennon his own backroom staff”.

A 1-1 draw with St Johnstone on Sunday made it just two wins in 12 for the Scottish Premiership champions and increased the pressure on the Hoops boss.

In a statement regarding Neil Lennon’s future the board wished to “make clear its continuing support for Neil and his backroom team”.

McAvennie found issue with the phrase ‘his backroom team’ and insisted it would make a “hell of a difference” if Lennon had his own staff behind him.

“In the statement from the board it said, ‘Neil Lennon and his backroom staff.’ Well it is not his backroom staff,” he pointed out to Football Insider.

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“It is not his, he never got his own people in and that was the biggest problem from day one.

“Over the road Steven Gerrard has Gary McAllister, he is the go-between from the players and the manager. You need that.

“John Kennedy is a great coach but they need somebody who can help out in the dressing room.

 

“Who does Lenny phone up and talk to? He cannot phone John Kennedy and he cannot phone the boy Strachan because he does not know them. He knows John but he was given to him, it is not the same.

“A lot of things have gone wrong. The board need to admit that they should have given him his own backroom staff. It was so wrong and I think it makes a hell of a difference.” 

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