'Quite comfortable' - Neil Lennon gives update on Celtic position

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has declared himself “quite comfortable” with his current position at the club.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Picture: SNSCeltic boss Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS
Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS

Fan pressure on the Parkhead legend’s tenure has been quite severe at times this season as the team have underperformed in their quest to make it ten league titles in a row.

With the club trailing rivals Rangers by a significant margin, it was revealed by the club in December that there would be an ongoing review of performances.

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The club announced they had made a pre-tax loss for the six months to December 31 and with it came a statement from chairman Ian Bankier.

He addressed fan unrest and the future of Lennon, who has led the team to four wins in the league this month.

“Evaluating our options in order to make the right decisions at this time in the club’s history cannot be instant,” he said.

“I must state clearly that all decisions we take will be taken calmly and rationally. We will not make hasty decisions that we might regret.”

The manager has vowed to keep working “day to day and game to game”.

"You are never secure in your role as a manager anyway, especially when you have been through difficult times”, Lennon said ahead of Wednesday's Premiership meeting with Aberdeen.

"But I am quite comfortable with the way my position is at the minute and until that changes I will give my best every day.

"I haven't taken any notice of it (review) really, the only time I think about it is when you guys bring it up. It has not affected my work or thought processes at all.

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"It is a new thing for me to go through a process like this. I haven't experienced it before.

"I can't tell you if there is going to be definitive answers that the supporters want or not.

"At the minute I am just carrying on from day to day and game to game."

Strong and robust

Regarding the loss of £5.9million and substantial decrease in revenue of 23 per cent for the six month period to the end of the year, Lennon expressed his belief the club remain in a strong financial position, noting the £12million sale of Jeremie Frimpong.

"This is a well-run club,” he said. “Every club in the UK and around the world has suffered in this pandemic, we are not immune to it but I think we are still in a healthy position compared to a lot of other clubs.

"This club is always well run, financially it is quite prudent and quite smart in acquiring players and player sales.

"We have sold a player more or less every year for a lot of money.

"Going through the lockdown it was very difficult for the club financially in lost revenues and with no game-day revenue this season we have had to be prudent about things. That is no different to any other clubs.

"Financially we are strong, robust and hopefully we see that come to fruition in the future."