Noel Whelan says Celtic may choose to stick with Neil Lennon despite the club’s disastrous season so far.

The former Scottish Premiership forward spoke exclusively to Football Insider with the 49-year-old manager under unrelenting pressure at Celtic Park.

The Celtic board released a statement on 7 December expressing its continued support of Lennon — the Hoops trailed Rangers by 13 points at that time but have now fallen 21 points behind their rivals.

Long-serving chief executive Peter Lawwell announced on 29 January the he plans to step down in the summer, igniting talk of a major overhaul at the club.

Football Insider revealed in January that Dermot Desmond’s son, Ross Desmond, was being lined up for a role as part of a boardroom reshuffle and that recruitment chief Nicky Hammond was facing the sack.

But Whelan asserts that Lennon may remain in charge at the club despite the “huge shakeup” imminent in the executive branch.

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He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “There’s going to be a huge shakeup in the board. There might be a shakeup with manager, we don’t know.

“I mean, let’s wait and see what happens and what decisions are made come the end of the season.

“There’s no point changing it now. Let him finish the job and then let’s see if the board, with the shake up, still have the trust in him and feel that he’s the right man to take them forward.

“They could decide to keep Lennon in charge next season…”

This is Lennon’s second spell as Celtic boss after taking charge of the Bhoys between 2010 to 2014.

He has won five league titles across his two managerial tenures, as well as four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup.

In other news, Celtic could fall further behind as it can be revealed Rangers are banking a stunning £17.6m windfall, with more cash on the way to Ibrox.