Celtic will ASSIST under fire Neil Lennon despite growing supporter unrest as fierce rivals Rangers open 11-point lead in Scottish Premiership
- Celtic are 11 points behind rivals Rangers, who lead the Scottish Premiership
- Neil Lennon’s squad have won just two of their last eight meetings
- Despite their slide, Lennon is believed to retain support at Celtic
Celtic are on hand to assist subordinate manager Neil Lennon despite calls for a change from supporters.
The Parkhead boss is being watched closely after Rangers opened an eleven point gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Lennon’s squad have won only two of their last eight games. And while a late rally against Hibs on Easter Road on Saturday yielded a point in a 2-2 draw, the outcome did nothing to silence disagreements among disaffected fans.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic side is 11 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the SPL
Sportsmail understand, however, that Lennon will retain the support of Celtic’s hierarchy ahead of Thursday’s Europa League showdown with Sparta Prague.
And while the situation remains fragile, sources close to the Northern Irishman insist he has no intention of throwing in the towel, despite the toughest period of his second spell.
While home competitions against Ross County, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock offer some prospect of a postponement, the champions face a test trip to Prague to meet a Sparta side that won 4-1 in Glasgow earlier this month.
Cetlic was held against a 2-2 draw by Hibs over the weekend, winning only two in eight games
French defender Christopher Jullien could be back in the fold after a lengthy layoff, but could start the game on the bench.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, will miss Parkhead’s visit to the Europa League next month after sustaining a hamstring injury in a 3-1 win over Napoli on Sunday.
He will undergo a scan, but the veteran attacker is expected to be free until Christmas.