Celtic figure's latest ourburst proves he's cracking as Rangers apply yet more pressure
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Celtic figure cracking under Rangers title pressure as he clings to job

Rangers’ Old Firm rivals might’ve already cracked under the pressure on the pitch, but Celtic manager Neil Lennon is clearly feeling the weight of expectation off it.

In Celtic’s self-confessed legendary season of all seasons the Parkhead club has been shown up by a rampant Rangers who have turned the screw so tightly every seam of Celtic has about burst.

On the pitch the Parkhead club have toiled and struggled for a consistency which Rangers have maintained, turning the pressure up on Celtic weekend by weekend, result by result.

Now 21 points behind in the Scottish Premiership, their supporters are consoling themselves with the notion that it was Celtic who threw this away rather than Rangers who earned it.

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

In one final, desperate attempt to salvage the ashes of a season aflame, Celtic jetted off to Dubai in a risky venture which would backfire spectacularly and be the root cause of four dropped points in two games.

We all know the story by now – Celtic go to Dubai mid-pandemic, player catches virus, 16 told to isolate, another has since returned a positive test – but just as it appeared to be cooling in comes Neil Lennon breathing fire back into the smouldering embers.

The Celtic boss could’ve – at the very least – feigned contrition and got this sorry affair over and done with, the attention lasered back onto the football and off the drama.

But instead, a fizzing Parkhead manager let slip he was creaking as his first press conference since Dubai-gate got progressively worse with every passing soundbite.

The utterly ridiculous defence of Dubai through claiming no-one has Covid – despite two players having Covid – and criticism of everyone from the media to the First Minister wasn’t an erudite and calm response to a potentially season-defining disaster, it was a sign of a man under pressure.

Injured defender Chris Jullien was the first player to contract Covid-19 in Dubai and since then another has unnamed teammate has tested positive. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Lennon just could not let it go – as would’ve been advisable in the circumstances – and instead has reignited the flame of the last three weeks and a siege mentality at culpable Celtic.

But it wasn’t just the comments on Dubai or the conspiracy about politics which stand out from his latest press conference.

When asked about his future and reports which claimed Lennon was set to stay on until the end of the season, the Celtic manager gave a sarcastic response [full presser available at Glasgow Live].

Describing the reports as “great news for me” and confirming that he hasn’t heard anything about this, it furthered the notion that these comments are coming from a man feeling the strain.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is threatening to disappear in the shadow of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But given the Celtic fans’ disastrous response to Lennon’s comments, perhaps more than that, it’s a man already consigned to the chopping block.

Here’s how Rangers supporters reacted to Neil Lennon’s press conference as he stunned the media with an array of statements about the Dubai trip.

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