Neil Lennon position at Celtic 'in mortal danger' after second 'mortifying' loss to Sparta Prague

BBC pundit Tom English believes Neil Lennon’s career at Celtic is in ‘mortal danger’ after the Scottish champions suffered yet another embarrassment at the hands of Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

Lukas Julis celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides third goal. Picture: AP
Lukas Julis celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides third goal. Picture: AP

The Czech side once again dismantled their opponents, securing a second 4-1 victory against the top seed in Group H. The result was enough to eliminate Celtic from Europe this season; a campaign which started in disaster with a Champions League qualifier loss to Ferencvaros never truly recovering.

Even though Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring with a fine run and finish, Celtic were ultimately undone by more calamitous defending at the back. Goals from David Hancko and Lukas Julis, who netted a hat-trick at Celtic Park, turned the tables before half-time.

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Though the visitors threatened for long spells of the second period they couldn’t find the all-important fourth goal and were left to rue that inability when Julis put the game out of sight with a counter-attack goal ten minutes from the end. Srdan Plavsic then added one final nail in the coffin in stoppage time.

Having recently defended Lennon’s position as Celtic boss amid mounting pressure from supporters, English believes time now seems to be running out for the manager, even accounting for the loyalty from his superiors.

He tweeted: “That’s ineptitude on a vast scale from Celtic. Mortifying. The cluelessness at the back is breathtaking. So many players culpable but only one man will carry the can. Neil Lennon in mortal danger now, even allowing for the loyalty of Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell.”

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