“the process”the process

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NEIL LENNON says he had a “zoom” talk yesterday with Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and CEO Peter Lawwell as they looked for a solution to the current dip in the shape of the club, but he is assured that he has the board’s backing.

Lennon is under tremendous pressure as Celtic trail Rangers in the Premier League by 11 points and was knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday night by a second consecutive 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague.

However, after another humiliating defeat, Lennon says the phone call with Desmond and Lawwell was normal, with all three men still trusting in the “process” he is trying to achieve at the club.

“It was a normal conversation we have,” said Lennon. “That was no big deal.

We’re going through a tough time and we’re searching for answers.

“Twice a week, I speak with Dermot and every day with Peter. On Friday morning, we had another meeting.

“There wasn’t a particular meeting of the Army Council or a COBRA meeting. It was about,’ Where can we change things for the players on and off the field? ‘

“With Dermot, it’s always like that. He’s honest with me, and with him, I’m honest. It’s the same with Peter.

“We’re not here to smooth over cracks. We’re not saying it’s all right, definitely not. For each other, we’re frank enough to explore it.

They try to help me, and I try to help the players. For me, it wasn’t much of an ordeal.

“We are very strong and resilient. I believe in the process, but the players struggle with faith and trust.

“They played very well in Prague for most of the game. [Sparta Prague] was flattered by the goal.

But when you go through a tough time, that is how you feel.

“It’s just that—far that’s from the finish.

“Now Europe is over. We have to focus on the home games.”

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