By Kevin Campbell

17th Dec, 2020 | 11:36am

'The fans will not be forgiving' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Celtic board statement

Neil Lennon will buy himself more time at Celtic if he oversees victory in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts on Sunday in the face of “unforgiving” supporters.

That is according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, whose Stoke City-star son Tyrese was the subject of strong Hoops interest earlier this year.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, Campbell claimed Lennon’s outstanding track record in cup finals could be the decisive factor in the Hampden Park showpiece.

In their latest statement issued last week, the Parkhead board reiterated their support for Lennon and stated “progress will be reviewed in the new year” after a wretched opening half of the season that has left many fans raging.

Celtic are out of Europe after dismal Champions League and Europa League campaigns, were dumped from the Scottish League Cup by Ross County and are 13 points adrift of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race.

Asked for his verdict on the Celtic statement backing Lennon, Campbell told Football Insider: “Winning trophies is what it is all about. The fans will not be forgiving how the league the form has been of late but Neil Lennon’s record in the cup is excellent.

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“Putting another trophy on the sideboard might buy him a bit more time and also get the team revved up to start an assault in the league and they have to.

“The time is now to respond, definitely.” ” 

 

Celtic could complete their fourth successive domestic treble if they can beat Robbie Neilson’s men this weekend.

The Bhoys finished 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership after the league was cut short last season, while they beat Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final last December.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to sign De Boer-style “Talisman” in January.