Frank McAvennie is adamant suggestions that Neil Lennon has lost the Celtic dressing room are “a load of nonsense”.
The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 49-year-old’s position is not in question despite a run of three games without a win in all competitions.
Home losses against Rangers and AC Milan were followed by a 3-3 draw at Aberdeen on Sunday as the Hoops slipped six points adrift in the title race.
Perhaps more worryingly, the Scottish champions conceded 8 goals in those fixtures with Neil Lennon’s decision to switch to a back four at Pittodrie failing to pay dividends.
Lennon came out firing ahead of Celtic’s Europa League match against Lille on Thursday, insisting that there is ‘no justification’ for sacking him.
When asked by Football Insider if he believed pressure was mounting on Lennon, McAvennie said: “There are a lot of rumours going about but it is a load of nonsense.
“If the players were not behind the manager when they went 2-1 down they would not have come back. I am sure there is no truth in those rumours.
“There is almost no chance that he gets sacked this season but listen, every manager will tell you that if you lose enough games you will lose your job.
“The team have not been playing well recently but that actually makes me feel positive because I know they can play a lot better.”
Speaking on his future, Lennon, as quoted by Sky Sports, said: “”I sound like Donald Trump now but it’s all fake news. I shouldn’t have to defend myself and don’t feel under any major pressure.
“There is no justification for me to be sacked, none whatsoever.”
In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that he is “very surprised” by unexpected development.