Bookmakers at odds with will of Celtic board as Neil Lennon favoured not to last season

Neil Lennon is odds-on not to last the season as manager of Celtic, despite reports stating the club’s board are prepared to stick with the Northern Irishman for the remainder of the campaign.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been backed by the board to see out the campaign. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been backed by the board to see out the campaign. Picture: SNS

Bookmakers Betfair have placed the head coach as 1/3 to depart the reigning Scottish Premiership champions before the league season has been played to a conclusion.

Celtic currently trail rivals Rangers by 19 points in the title race, albeit with three games in hand, after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Ibrox Stadium.

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The 49-year-old has been under severe pressure from supporters but has retained the backing of majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell, who reportedly wish for Lennon to see out the season.

After backing the manager to turn things around, Celtic won six games in succession in all competitions before Saturday’s loss to their arch-rivals.

Meanwhile, former boss Martin O’Neill remains the bookies’ favourite to succeed Lennon as the next manager of Celtic at odds of 5/4.

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