Will he walk? Lennon says he'll consider his position if Celtic slump goes on

Neil Lennon has admitted he will consider his position as Celtic manager if he fails to turn results around.

And the Parkhead boss has revealed that he’s about to go before the club board — with the team’s SPL slump top of the agenda for discussion.

Ten points now separate third-placed Celtic from leaders and reigning champions Rangers following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Hearts, although the Hoops have a game in hand.

But Lennon confessed: ‘If results are not better soon, then I will have to look at my own position. I’m going to be under pressure because the fans will demand that results have to be better.’

Showing the strain: Neil Lennon shows his ire as Celtic lose at Hearts

Showing the strain: Neil Lennon shows his ire as Celtic lose at Hearts

Having withstood death threats, bullets and bomb alerts last season, Lennon insists that he has no immediate plans to walk away from the job he loves at the first sign of a serious football crisis.

Yet, having already accepted that only winning the SPL title will be enough to keep him in a job, he is honest enough to admit the board will have some tough questions ready for him when they meet over the coming days.

Lennon stressed that the planned talk-in with directors was not an emergency summit, having been pencilled in for the international break for some time.

He explained: ‘That just happens anyway. But it is not a good situation to be in at the minute. There is definitely something missing.’

Sunday’s loss at Tynecastle left Celtic dangerously adrift in the title race — and raising old questions about whether the rookie boss should have been allowed to succeed Tony Mowbray 18 months ago.

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker declared: ‘As much as I admire Neil and his strength of character, the job of Celtic manager should never go to someone so inexperienced.’

Inexperienced: 40-year-old Lennon sees Celtic 10 points behind Rangers already, albeit with a game in hand

Inexperienced: 40-year-old Lennon sees Celtic 10 points behind Rangers already, albeit with a game in hand

The Sky Sports pundit added: ‘I don’t think any Celtic manager can survive two seasons without the title. But I don’t think the league is over. Celtic will be looking for a bit of consistency up until the festive period, when they’ve got Rangers at Celtic Park. They’ll need to win that to show fans they are back in it.

‘I think Neil can handle the pressure. I’m not sure about his players.’

Meanwhile, Kris Commons has landed an automatic two-match ban from the SFA for ‘violent conduct’ following his dismissal on Sunday. He was red-carded for a dangerous lunge at Adrian Mrowiec.

Commons will be sidelined for the trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday, October 15 and a home game with Aberdeen on Sunday, October 23.

The 28-year-old winger will be free for the Europa League trip to Rennes in the middle of his domestic ban.

On a day of doom and gloom for Celtic, there was one apparent bright spot — with FC Sion finally appearing to abandon all hope of replacing the SPL side in the Europa League.

The Swiss club, thrown out of the competition after being found guilty of fielding ineligible players in their play-off win over Celtic, had been waiting for the outcome of an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But it was announced they had withdrawn their appeal, removing entirely the rapidly diminishing chance of UEFA being forced to evict Celtic from the group stages.

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