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Lennon set to take charge in Milan with Celtic powerbroker Desmond resisting calls to sack him

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Under-fire Neil Lennon set to take charge in Milan with Celtic powerbroker Dermot Desmond resisting demands from angry fans to sack him

  • Sunday’s defeat by Ross County sparked angry demonstrations by fans 
  • Lennon took charge of training as normal at Lennoxtown on Monday morning 
  • Desmond is ready to offer him a last chance to turn the club’s season around

Neil Lennon’s future will be discussed over the next 48 hours – but there is every chance the embattled Celtic manager will take charge of the side against AC Milan in Italy on Thursday.

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Sunday’s 2-0 reverse to the Ross County in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup saw Lennon’s team relinquish their grip on the domestic honours after four years and extend a dismal sequence of results to just two wins in 10 games.

The loss, the fourth in succession at Celtic Park, sparked angry demonstrations outside the ground with hundreds of fans gathering to demand the manager’s sacking.

Amid increased security, though, the Northern Irishman took charge of training as normal at Lennoxtown on Monday morning after the club’s power brokers refused to accede to mob rule by firing him.

Lennon’s future will be part of a debrief with Dermot Desmond, the club’s largest shareholder, and chief executive Peter Lawwell ahead of the trip to Milan.

But Parkhead sources insist there is no suggestion of a change being made at this juncture – despite the growing clamour for time to be called on Lennon’s second spell in charge.

Majority shareholder Dermot Desmond is ready to stand behind Lennon for the time being

Majority shareholder Dermot Desmond is ready to stand behind Lennon for the time being

Last week, Lennon said he felt he had the unequivocal backing of the board and barring a radical and unexpected departure from that position, he will still be in the dug-out in the San Siro on Thursday for the penultimate Europa League game.

Irrespective of the result on Northern Italy, speculation surrounding the 49-year-old’s future seems only set to continue.

Although scheduled to face Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup final later this month, a match that could see him become just the fourth manager in Celtic’s history to complete the Treble, the former skipper’s position is under intense scrutiny.

Having been knocked out of the Champions League at the second hurdle by Ferencvaros, his side were eliminated from the Europa League with two games yet to play.

Already 11 points behind Rangers in the title race, albeit with two games in hand, Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to County was a trigger point for many to call for a change at the helm.

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