Simon Ferry has claimed that Neil Lennon is conducting himself like a man who’s still going to be in charge at Celtic next season.
This season has proven the ultimate damp squib for Celtic.
The Hoops were meant to complete their historic 10-in-a-row achievement after winning the last nine Premiership titles on the spin.
But Lennon’s side are 21 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers and at this stage, it’s a foregone conclusion that Steven Gerrard is bringing the trophy back to Ibrox.
Consequently, there is huge pressure on Lennon after Celtic allowed the prospect of history escape without even mounting a real fight for it, with some members of the Green Brigade unfurling a Lennon Out banner near the club’s Lennoxtown training ground on Friday.
And although Open Goal and Go Radio host Ferry has claimed that he can’t see the Lurgan-raised manager being axed before the season, he is speaking like he has every intention of being there next term.
He told his Go Radio show: “I think Neil Lennon will be there until the league is over. Beyond that, I just don’t see how it is possible the way the fans are feeling just now. But when you hear Lennon talk, he talks like he’s going to be there next year.
“If he is going to be there next year, I think he’s got to have a massive clear out and get his own type of players in.”
If we’re honest, it’s pretty unthinkable to consider the idea of Lennon being in charge next season.
Even if Celtic wind up losing the title by a lot less points in the end – and that’s a big IF – the standards at Parkhead mean that it’s still a failure and therefore Lennon just has to go, even if he thinks that he might still be around.