NEIL LENNON notes that as Celtic manager he has absolutely no intention of leaving and maintains that he has the fire in his belly to get through this time of hardship to catch Rangers at the top of the Premiership table.
The Green Brigade fan group protested yesterday outside Celtic Park, unveiling a banner calling on Lennon to abandon the club for the chance to win a tenth straight title.
But Lennon refused to throw in the towel, acknowledging that he was disappointed with the banner, and said that he was enjoying the challenge of leading Celtic through this rocky time.
Asked if he had considered leaving, Lennon replied, ‘Absolutely not.
When you have to throw your hands up, there are moments, but at the moment I have no intention of leaving.
I don’t even have to worry about it. Other people, but not me, are affected by all this noise. There is no hint that I can’t lead these players to the championship.
“If [the banner]didn’t let you down, you wouldn’t be human. But I am powerful, and now I am so driven, and I have a fire in my stomach.
I actually enjoy, if you want to call it that, going through this adverse time. It makes you feel better.
The people in my experience are the same, they’re good and dynamic, and hopefully the players can appreciate what we ask them to do.
“They know they have a long way to go.”
Lennon says there is no hint that the Celtic dressing room has been lost or that any of his players on the pitch are not giving their all.
“In recent games we’ve been behind twice at Aberdeen and scored three second-half goals at Pittodrie, which we haven’t done for a while,” he said.
We won 4-1 at Motherwell, we won the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and we were down 2-0 at the weekend, but to get a point we replied with great strength and confidence.
“There was no sign of the players giving up anything, not at all.”