Celtic will want to put the past few days behind them as they have suffered two defeats which could impact on their hopes domestically and in Europe.
After a chastening home defeat against Glasgow Rangers left them four points behind their rivals in the Premiership, the Hoops began their Europa League group stage campaign with a 1-3 home loss to AC Milan.
Manager Neil Lennon remains upbeat about the season despite those setbacks as he spoke following the Milan defeat.
What Neil Lennon had to say following the Milan defeat
Speaking via the Daily Record, the Celtic manager said: “We’re making too much of one result and one performance. We will come back stronger than ever and we’re looking forward to the challenge and the challenges that lie ahead. We’re not panicking, we’re staying calm.
“We have a great belief in the players and I have every right to believe in them because of what they have done and what they can do. I am past the stage of my career where criticising players probably works and I don’t think they deserve it.
“I think they should be cut a bit of slack. They will come again and they will be stronger than ever and looking at them they have got the bit between the teeth again.”
Lennon eager to move on from poor results
Despite the bad week, it is fair for the manager to remain upbeat, as Celtic still have a game in hand in the Premiership and five more games in their Europa League group. His mentality also shows that he is the right man to get them out of this rough patch, as he has guided them to four league titles and multiple domestic cups at the helm of the club.
Lennon has only lost 47 of his 308 games in charge, so his record at Parkhead across his two managerial stints commands respect.
The manager has had a lot of success in Glasgow and has the second best win percentage in the Bhoys’ history, just behind Martin O’Neill, so there is no reason for Celtic to panic despite consecutive home defeats.
Celtic fans, have a look at the fan base discussing Lennon after the Old Firm defeat here!
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