Celtic remain confident Neil Lennon will remain as manager despite being attacked on the touchline at Hearts on Wednesday and the subsequent finding of a package containing a bullet addressed to him on Thursday, reports The Guardian.
The 39-year-old Irishman was attacked at Tynecastle after the Hoops´ second goal and a parcel meant for him was intercepted in the mailroom at Parkhead on Thursday morning.
There had been speculation Lennon could walk out on the club but chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “I don’t think the club has ever been more united behind Lennon. We will be prepared, through that unity, for next year. Neil is a remarkable man. He is proud to be Celtic manager and gets energy and strength through his job. I feel he has the strength of character, through his love of the club and love of the job, to take him forward.”
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Lambert pays tribute.
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has paid tribute to Neil Lennon´s resilience following the unpleasant incidents that have marked his time in charge at Parkhead.
The former Celtic captain won four SPL titles with the club and, speaking exclusively to STV, he told of the huge pressure Lennon is under and how he is coping with it.
“The stuff that guy has gone through is pathetic, really shameful,” said Lambert. “If anybody ever deserved a league title then he does because it is unreal what has happened up there.
“When he was a player he was a winner and people in Britain don’t like people to succeed. We build them up to knock them down and then want to hit them, which is a sad indictment to those who are good at what they do.”
Lennon could quit says Hartley.
Aberdeen skipper Paul Hartley, a former teammate of Neil Lennon at Celtic Park, admits he fears for the safety of the Celtic boss and reckons he might quit the club in the aftermath of this week´s shocking events.
Hartley told TalkSPORT: “You have to fear for Neil Lennon now. You have to fear what else is going to happen. I think it’s an utter disgrace.
“I think Neil will sit down in the summer and think ‘is this worth it?’ He’s had death threats and people trying to go out and get him, his family have been under the same thing. How can you put up with that? You’re the manager of a football club.
e “It’s happened this season,” he added. “What if it happens next season when he’s the Celtic manager again? I think there’s a good possibility he might quit. “