Neil Lennon says it's too early for Celtic to sack him despite Betfred Cup exit

Neil Lennon says it is too early for the Celtic board to sack him and feels he deserves time to turn things around.

Ross County piled more pressure on Lennon by knocking Celtic out of the Betfred Cup. It led to fans gathering outside Celtic Park to call for Lennon’s departure after Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat.

Lennon could hear the shouts as he walked into his post-match media conference and said: “It doesn’t make me feel good obviously. We are not in a good moment.

About a dozen police vans outside Celtic Park and a police helicopter circling overhead as fans gather to demand Neil Lennon’s exit pic.twitter.com/id3fRbUec1

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“The game is a small microcosm of the run we are on: penalty and set-play. We have given the opposition free hits.”

When asked if he would understand if the Celtic board took the decision to remove him on Sunday evening, Lennon said: “No, I think it’s too soon for that.

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“We have lost one trophy, that’s gone. Our priority is the league, it always is, every time we come into a season.

“We are out of Europe, so it’s not been great, but there’s plenty of time to turn it around. But it’s alright me saying that, we have to show it with action now.

“I think I should get more time at it but, if not, then so be it.”

The Hoops crashed out of the Europa League with two Group H games remaining on Thursday night after their second 4-1 defeat by Sparta Prague this month left them with one point.

On Friday, Lennon spoke about having the “full support” of chief executive Peter Lawwell and major shareholder Dermot Desmond despite mounting pressure over his tenure.

The former Celtic captain, in his second spell as manager, said he was “hugely” encouraged by the support of the club’s powerbrokers.

Following two wins in 10 in all competitions, Celtic are 11 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership – albeit with two games in hand – and a section of the Parkhead support have made it clear they want their manager to go.

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