UNDER-FIRE Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists chief executive Peter Lawwell remains “very supportive” in the midst of public protests from some fans.

A banner was unfurled outside Parkhead today which proclaimed: “Save the ten – time to go, Neil”.

Lennon has taken some fierce criticism in recent weeks with the Hoops winning only two of their last eight games while slipping 11 points behind Rangers. The champions have two matches in hand in their quest for the historic tenth successive title.

A statement was also issued at the same time by the supporters’ group to enhance the public message outside the club’s ground.

Lennon, who is preparing his players for the Europa League Group H game against Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic capital tomorrow night with a 5.55pm kick-off, told BBC Scotland: “All of us are not happy with how things are panning out.

“There’s a calmness about Peter and the board, there’s no panic. We’ve been over the course and distance many times before.

“I speak to Peter every day. He’s very, very supportive, so it’s as you are. Let’s get improvement, some wins, let’s play the type of football we know we are capable of.”

Naturally, the Hoops gaffer expressed disappointment at the fans’ banner and added: “I’ve reconciled myself, that maybe I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

“It’s a great privilege doing this job, the club means a lot to me and it has done for the last 20 years.

“I’m strong, my backroom team is strong and the players are going to get more consistent as we go along.

“The bottom line is that we haven’t made that bad a start to the season. In terms of the league, we’ve lost one game. Compared to other seasons, it’s not as bad as people have made it out to be.”


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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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