A RAGING Neil Lennon has sensationally threatened to QUIT after Hibs’ 2-1 loss against Hearts at Tynecastle last night.

And the furious Easter Road boss also branded his players “unprofessional” after the team’s massive setback in the race to be the best of the rest.

Lennon, who will meet with the Edinburgh side’s board next week, has a contract until 2020, but could walk away.

Hibs now need to beat Rangers by six goals in their last home game to get third position.

The ex-Celtic gaffer said: “I would have been disappointed with a draw, the way we played. It wasn’t enough. We’ll try to win Sunday and finish on a high, but I will consider my position over the summer.

“Why? Just in general. My own personal aims and ambitions. I can’t watch that in derbies. It’s not good enough. We’ve got a board meeting next week. So, we’ll see. Nothing lasts forever, but I’ve been here two years, made great strides.

“But I’ve got to think about myself. Maybe I’m a bit over-emotional, but fourth isn’t good enough. The players have reached standards. But they’ve been a bit short on this occasion.”

Asked if his reaction was down to this one game, Lennon replied: “It’s not based on this result. I consider my position every year, whether it’s at Celtic or Bolton.

“No, I don’t feel I’ve taken this club as far as I can. But do I want to do it? I have to think about that It will come down to a lot. The squad is going to be different. We’ve a lot of work to do, obviously.

“But we’re not moving in the direction, the right way, at the minute.”

Lennon did not miss his players in the dressing room and when he talked to the media following the disappointment.

He added: “We had a great opportunity to go into Sunday with everything to play for. But we did not meet the challenge.

“We’ve played tough games really well all season. But if they’re not going to listen to me, I’m not getting message through, maybe someone else should come in and they will listen to him.

“I can’t accept players slipping over because they don’t have right footwear. That’s amateur stuff. Not defending set-plays. Amateur stuff. We had three good chances, but didn’t have the gumption or stomach to make the difference.

“We threw it away. Unprofessional. Not good enough. I told players to make sure they had the right footwear. The pitch is perfect, but hard underneath. And five minutes into game, three players slip over under duress. Then they’re uncomfortable, not sure-footed.

“However, the game hinges on a set-play. Another bugbear.”

Former Ibrox duo Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith scored for the hosts with Florian Kamberi netting for Lennon’s team.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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