Celtic news: McLeish reacts to Neil Lennon sack claim

Alex McLeish has urged Neil Lennon to “get the blinkers on” and ignore the criticism after a run of indifferent form for Celtic.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed that there will always be doubters regardless of how well you perform in the dugout.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Northern Irish boss surprisingly tackled the speculation head-on and insisted there is “no justification” for him to be sacked by Celtic.

He went on to say that “a minority of our fans need to calm down and let the players settle”.

The Bhoys have dropped further back in the Premiership title race after losing to Rangers and drawing against Aberdeen, while they lost 3-1 to AC Milan in their opening Europa League tie.

McLeish has suggested that Lennon will “be hurting” with all the speculation but that he needs to focus solely on the job at hand.

McLeish told Football Insider: “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion and especially the fans of the club. It’s the world we live in.

“It doesn’t matter, you could be winning and somebody would still be giving you pelters on the internet. I really believe that he’s got to get over this wee period.

“It’ll be hurting him. It’s not easy and most of my time in management I didn’t tend to read the papers. You were always made aware of some things but I tended not to, even if we’d had a great performance or great victory.

“Cup finals and winning leagues, the back pages, that’s allowed, but Neil’s going to want to get the blinkers on and concentrate on what’s ahead and try and get the earmuffs on. 

“That’s the entitlement of the fans, it’s the modern world we live in and there’s criticism – if someone’s not getting criticised, we’re not in the modern world.”  

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