- Neil Lennon’s position as Celtic manager is under serious threat
- Celtic were knocked out of the Betfred Cup after losing 2-0 to Ross County
- They also sit 11 points behind Rangers in the Premiership with two games in hand
- READ: Fans throw missiles at shaken players and demand Lennon to be sacked
Gordon Strachan is now favourite to take over at Celtic as pressure ramps up on Neil Lennon
Lennon’s days as celtic boss appear numbered after they were dumped out of Betfred Cup
Strachan has jumped ahead of Eddie Howe in the race to become manager of Celtic
Former Celtic player Roy Keane has seen his odds shorten to 6/1 to take over at Parkhead
Celtic legend Henrik Larsson is also now down at 6/1 to replace under-fire Lennon
Wayne Rooney is further out at 10/1 having just taken charge of Derby on an interim basis
An angry mob of around 200 Celtic supporters protested outside Parkhead on Sunday night
Celtic have launched a probe into the incident which took place after their Betfred Cup loss
A small group of masked fans tried to break through a police cordon to reach the players
Gordon Strachan has jumped ahead of Eddie Howe in the odds to replace under-fire Neil Lennon as Celtic manager following the club’s awful start to the season.
Lennon’s position is hanging by a thread now after Celtic – who sit 11 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership – were dumped out of the Betfred Cup at home to Ross County, which followed their Europa League exit.
Following their harrowing defeat by Ross County, pressure has ramped up even more on Lennon and now Strachan has become the favourite to take over at Parkhead, having previously managed the club between 2005 and 2009.
Gordon Strachan: 6/4 (was 7/1 on Friday)
Eddie Howe: 5/2 (was 5/6 on Friday)
Henrik Larsson: 6/1 (was 10/1 on Friday)
Roy Keane: 6/1 (was 16/1 on Friday)
Marco Silva: 7/1 (was 3/1 on Friday)
Malky Mackay: 17/2
Steve Clarke: 9/1
Rafa Benitez: 10/1
Wayne Rooney: 10/1
John Kennedy: 12/1
Alex Neil: 12/1
Johann Mjallby: 14/1
Martin O’Neill: 14/1
David Moyes: 14/1
Jack Ross: 16/1
Courtesy of Betfair
Strachan – who won three league titles in a row with Celtic – was behind Howe in the pecking order at 7/1 last Friday but he now sits at just 6/4 to take the reins, according to Betfair.
Meanwhile, Howe – still looking for a job after his departure from Bournemouth – who was 5/6 last Friday has now drifted out to 5/2.
Former Celtic players Henrik Larsson and Roy Keane are slightly further out with the bookies at 6/1, but their odds have been shortened significantly too.
Celtic legend Larsson, who scored 242 goals in seven years at the club, was out at 10/1 last Friday while Keane, who played for the club in 2005-06, was at 16/1.
Former Everton and Hull manager Marco Silva is at 7/1 with the bookmakers while both Rafa Benitez and Wayne Rooney – who has just taken charge at Derby on an interim basis – are valued at 10/1,
Lennon’s time as Celtic manager appears to be drawing to an end following their 2-0 loss at home to Ross County in the last-16 of the Betfred Cup.
Lennon was set to face crunch talks with Celtic chiefs over his future on Monday morning.
The latest defeat sparked ugly scenes when a mob of around 200 furious Celtic supporters ignored coronavirus restrictions to gather outside Parkhead’s main stand in protest on Sunday.
Online videos showed a group of yobs throwing missiles at the cars of players as they received an escort from the stadium while fans demanded Lennon to be sacked.
Tight-lipped on the fate of their manager, Celtic issued a strongly worded statement attacking the actions of their fans.
A strongly worded statement read: ‘Everyone at the Club is hugely disappointed by this afternoon’s result, one which has ended our phenomenal run of 35 consecutive cup victories.
‘While we sincerely share the huge disappointment of all Celtic supporters, there can be no excuse for some of the violent scenes at Celtic Park this evening. The club will be investigating these events fully.
‘For players and a management team, who have given so much in recent years and have delivered 11 consecutive trophies, to require an escort from Celtic Park while being targeted with missiles, is simply unacceptable.
‘While we understand that only a small number of people were involved in this behaviour, some of the actions this evening, which have obviously left our own players shaken, cannot be condoned in any way.’
As fans chanted for his dismissal, Lennon claimed he could still turn around a dismal run of two wins in 10 games, insisting it was too soon for sack talk.
Fighting a losing battle for his job after another lacklustre display, however, Lennon said: ‘I’m not going to answer any hypothetical questions… but I think it’s too soon for that.
‘We’ve lost one trophy, that’s gone. Our priority, as we know, is the league. It always is every time we go into a new season. We are out of Europe and it’s not been great but there is plenty of time to turn it around.
‘But it’s alright me saying that. We have to show it with action now. And I think I should get more time at it – but if not then so be it.’