SIR Kenny Dalglish has backed Neil Lennon to provide the answers to get Celtic back on track.

There has been mounting criticism on the Hoops boss following a start to the season that has failed to spark, saw the Champions League dream obliterated by unseeded Ferencvaros, a Premiership loss to Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit and a defeat from AC Milan in the opening Europa League Group H confrontation.

Draws at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen have also contributed to the nine-in-a-row champions trailing the Govan side although they have a game in hand.

However, Dalglish agrees with the sentiments of his former team-mate John ‘Yogi’ Hughes in CQN earlier today when the club great insisted there is plenty of time to turn things around.

The Hoops and Liverpool icon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said:

“It is not going too well for them at the moment, but I don’t think there’s any need for anyone to panic.

“Neil gets the best out of the players and that is all you can ask. It’s very easy to judge someone over three games. Judge him over the four years he did before that. Judge him over what he has done since he has come back before you start calling for anyone to be changed.

“He’ll be there for a while and rightly so.”

HOOPY DAYS…Kenny Dalglish in his Celtic heyday takes on Rangers’ Derek Johnstone.

Lennon’s side face Lille in their second Europa group match in France on Thursday and then return to a colossal game against Derek McInnes’ Dons at Hampden in the delayed Scottish Cup semi-final, held over from last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A triumph over the Pittodrie outfit will edge the Parkhead men within 90 minutes of a silverware showdown against either Hibs or Hearts, who play their last-four tie 24 hours earlier, and the opportunity to claim a phenomenal quadruple treble.

Dalglish reckons reaching the Scottish Cup Final on December 20 will help the club reclaim their momentum for the 10-in-a-row league campaign.

He added: “On current form, Rangers have better results than them. Celtic are second best, but they don’t settle for that. They’ll want to get back there and get back there winning.

“On Sunday there is a great opportunity for them to get back. There will be no panic at Celtic. That’s a guarantee.”

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