Neil Lennon stays bullish about resuscitating Celtic’s fortunes following a second 4-1 converse because of Sparta Prague in the same number of matches expanded tension on the Scottish victors’ director. Celtic have won just two of their previous nine matches, with rout in the Czech capital affirming an Europa League exit with two gathering games still to play.
“I felt we merited better out of the game and that gives me something to be good about,” said Lennon. “A couple of them are deficient with regards to certainty and it’s dependent upon me to stay with them. I didn’t think we had the right to lose 4-1.”
On Wednesday a gathering of Celtic allies disclosed a standard external the club’s arena requiring Lennon’s expulsion. However the Northern Irishman has up to this point held the firm help of the board. As Celtic seek after a record-breaking tenth title in progression, they trail Rangers by 11 in the Scottish Premiership yet have two games close by.
Lennon replied “obviously I do” when found out if he accepts he can trigger positive change. “I know this gathering in a way that is better than anyone,” he said. “We have a great deal of work to do in the group however it’s not past us, a long way from it.
“I’ve been in circumstances like this before as a supervisor and player. There is no explanation behind me to accept we won’t turn this around.”
Lennon refered to “mental” issues with his players, with the 49-year-old accepting the adjustment in expert schedules set off by the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected on a portion of his crew. He surrendered the Celtic protection seems “alarmed”.
It appeared to be unusual to review that things had begun so promisingly for Celtic. Odsonne Édouard exhibited his ability with a fine opening objective. The striker gathered the ball at the determination of a quick counterattack prior to leaving David Hancko with the sense he had recently gone through an hour on the waltzers. Édouard provided a low completion.
Sparta before long raised their level. Celtic neglected to clear a standard corner, with David Pavelka taking in prior to miscuing a shot at objective. Hancko, in making up for his prior troubles, was played onside and gathered the ball prior to pummeling past Scott Bain.
The objective that put Sparta ahead will demonstrate significantly to a greater degree a video awful for the Celtic safeguard. Borek Dockal’s low cross from the privilege some way or another avoided two focal safeguards and Bain, with Lukas Julis nipping in at the back post to score.
Édouard botched a wonderful chance, a little ways from time, to draw his side level having demonstrated an inquisitive absence of levelheadedness from Olivier Ntcham’s scaled back. Sparta profited by the wickedness. Hatem Elhamed neglected to stop a counterattack, with David Moberg Karlsson properly crossing for Julis. The forward, clearly not accepting his amazing good fortune, scored his fifth objective in two matches against Celtic.
In stoppage time, Bain pillaged 40 yards from his objective; Srdjan Plavsic hauled the ball round him prior to asserting a Sparta fourth.