THE hierarchy at Celtic WILL stand by under-fire manager Neil Lennon, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Hoops boss has taken flak in recent weeks as the team have stuttered and stumbled through the fixture list, dropping out of the Champions League to unseeded Ferencvaros and slumping 11 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in their pursuit of their historic tenth successive title.

Lennon’s side have won just two of their last eight games and it took a stoppage-time equaliser from on-loan AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt to rescue a point in the 2-2 stalemate with Hibs at Easter Road at the weekend.

The Europa League is already as good as blown with two consecutive defeats from AC Milan and Sparta Prague in Glasgow and the side travel to the Czech Republic for their fourth game in Group H where they have already shed two points in a 2-2 draw with Lille in France.

The situation remains fragile, but sources close to the Irishman insist he has no intention of quitting despite the most testing period of his second spell in charge.

It is also believed the club bosses are resisting pressing any panic buttons with the delayed Scottish Cup Final with Hearts on December 20 offering Celtic the opportunity of sealing an incredible quadruple treble.

Home league games against Ross County, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock offer Lennon’s side the ideal opportunity to begin stacking up the points as they rally to the cause.

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