Celtic

Alan Hutton has claimed the pressure is mounting at Celtic after Neil Lennon’s “scandal” outburst this week.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the Northern Irish boss is feeling the heat after what he heard from the 49-year-old’s pre-match press conference.

Lennon, as quoted by Glasgow Live, suggested there was “political” motivation behind the decision to force 13 first-team players into self-isolation and insisted the media had been “scandalous” in their reporting of the club.

The Celtic boss also singled out Andy Walker for questioning the “professionalism” of the players and staff while in Dubai and urged the former striker to apologise for his comments.

The Hoops were widely criticised for their trip to the UAE in the midst of a pandemic, while they have also come under heavy fire for their performances and results this season.

Hutton has insisted Lennon was already under pressure and that his comments have only added fuel to the fire at Parkhead.

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“I think we can tell with Neil Lennon’s outburst at the media, that’s a man under pressure,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“He’s been getting it from all sides – the media, everywhere – and he’s been backed into a corner and he’s just come out and had a pop at everybody. I mean, (Nicola) Sturgeon, the SPFL, everyone, individual pundits.

“I understand from what I hear it’s been difficult for them but it’s of their own making. They went away on the trip, they should have decided ages ago that they shouldn’t be doing this, simple as that and then none of this happens.

“He’s been getting it from all sides since they’ve come back so it’s a real, real difficult situation to deal with at the moment.

“They were on a bad run of form as it was, they didn’t need any more pressure. They decided to go away so this is going to happen.

“The times that we’re living in at the moment, people are going to have things to say and now it’s the fans are angry as well. So it’s really difficult for them.” 

In other news, Celtic have given the green light for one of their star midfielders to join a Premier League club in this window.