Noel Whelan has touted behind-the-scenes issues as Celtic assess Neil Lennon’s position as manager this month.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the board’s “ridiculous” decisions have piled the pressure on the Northern Irish boss this season.
Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph revealed the club’s review of Lennon and his management team is “ongoing” and that an outcome is expected by the end of the month.
Celtic’s review of their management team is “ongoing” and an outcome will be reached by the end of the month.
The club gave their full backing to manager Neil Lennon on December 7 and said they would conduct a review in the new year.
Lennon said last night that he won't resign.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 21, 2021
The Hoops have come under heavy fire for their performances and results on the pitch, as well as a number of off-field decisions, including their controversial warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
Whelan believes that Lennon has not been helped by the Parkhead decision-makers this term but that he also cannot think himself out of the firing line after the club’s disappointing season.
Asked what he thought the outcome of the review should be, Whelan told Football Insider: “Well, look, something’s got to give, come to an agreement with the manager, but they do have a good relationship.
“It’s not the first time Neil’s been at the football club, he’s been very successful as a manager there at Celtic but at the same time, something’s not right at that football club.
“They piled more pressure on themselves going abroad, then you’ve got a Covid situation with a player, then you’ve got another Covid situation with another player, then the manager is not down there on the touchline as well because everyone’s having to isolate.
“It just seemed a ridiculous decision after the season that we’re having and the poor results that were going on at Celtic, to put that kind of pressure on yourself and go abroad during these sort of times.
“What else was he expecting to come back to – people asking if you had a good break away, was the weather nice?
“Neil Lennon can back himself as much as he wants but at the same time, I don’t think you can – you can’t back yourself, you can only back yourself when you come back and win every single game from coming back from the break and say: ‘See, it’s done us good’.