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Gordon Strachan backs Neil Lennon to bounce back from Celtic's Champions League exit

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon  is seen  during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in Glasgow,...

The former Celtic manager was speaking in defence of his former Hoops captain.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Celtic and FC Sarajevo at Celtic Park Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has backed Neil Lennon to navigate the 'chaos' of the Hoops' European defeat to CFR Cluj on Tuesday night, The Daily Record report.

A lot has been said in the wake of the UEFA Champions League exit.

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Lennon, his players and the club as a whole have taken a lot of criticism from pundits, journalists and supporters. Much of it has been fair and it was inevitable after such a high profile failure.

Strachan though feels there is no manager better equipped to lead Celtic through this tumultuous time.

 

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: "Let me tell you, there’s nobody better dealing with this kind of situation than Neil Lennon.

"I’ve seen people who look unflappable during television interviews and then go home and crumble and cry themselves to sleep.

"Neil might not be as good on the telly as some of those but, trust me, on the inside he’s as cool as anyone you’ll meet. He’s a way of walking through chaos."

Celtic have a favourable fixture this weekend that could allow them to reboot and prepare for challenges ahead. The visit of lower league Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup shouldn't pose too many problems for the Hoops.

If Lennon can successfully navigate that and get through a cup round they can move into next week's UEFA Europa League play-off with optimism.

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon  is seen  during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August 13, 2019 in Glasgow,...

The 'chaos' Strachan describes will soon subside if the side can reach the group stages of that competition and make the signings they need in critical positions.

There's no doubt it has been a difficult week for everyone at Celtic, but fans will be hoping they've taken some of the constructive criticism on board and can still achieve their big aims this season with Lennon at the helm.

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