FORMER Celtic star Davie Provan reckons it’s only a matter of time before Neil Lennon is pushed through the Parkhead exit.

The top media pundits reckons the Irishman is still in the job because club supremo Dermot Desmond has yet to find a “worthy replacement”.

And Provan, who won title medals under the reign of club legends Billy McNeill and Davie Hay, insists it is time for some light to be shed on the happenings behind the scenes at the faltering champions who take on Ross County in Dingwall this evening.

The ex-Scotland international winger, writing in his Scottish Sun on Sunday column, stated: “Are they expected to buy season tickets again when they don’t know who will be in the dug-out?

“For the avoidance of doubt, I think Lennon should go.

“Calling out players after the Champions League exit blew up in his face when some downed tools.

“Tactically, he’s taken second best to Steven Gerrard in the last few Old Firm games. He now looks short in European competition.

“But a man who has served the club brilliantly deserves better treatment. Right now, he’s being hung out to dry.

“If the board still has his back they would have said it by now. They should pay Lennon up and appoint his successor now.

“Despite talk of a new sporting director, head coach remains the most important person at any club.

“That Lennon is still in place suggests Dermot Desmond hasn’t found a worthy replacement.”

Provan added: “Elsewhere, there are more questions than answers.

“Given his poor track record, should Nick Hammond be trusted with recruitment any longer?

“Who will choose the new sporting director while chief executive-elect Dominic McKay works his notice at Scottish Rugby Union?

“Celtic have urgent business to address.”

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