FRUSTRATED Neil Lennon is beginning to look like “a lost soul”, according to his former Celtic team-mate Ramon Vega.
The Hoops boss cut a forelone figure at Easter Road at the weekend as the champions gifted Hibs two goals of a start before coming back to gain a stoppage-time draw.
Lennon was watched his team carelessly throw away nine points in the first 13 Premiership outings of a crucial campaign to slump 11 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit although they have two games in hand.
The Irishman claimed goals were conceded to his old Edinburgh club due to “lazy defending” and it was hard to disagree after CQN highlighted the dozy antics of his back-four operators, most notably Jeremie Frimpong and Nir Bitton.
The Parkhead side have now lost SEVENTEEN goals in eight matches and had one clean sheet – the 2-0 delayed Scottish Cup semi-final triumph over Aberdeen at the start of the month – in the midst of that x-certificate sequence.
Vega, who spent six months alongside Lennon while on loan from Spurs during Martin O’Neill’s treble-winning side in season 2000/01, made his observation on his Twitter feed.
The 49-year-old former Swiss international centre-half posted on social media: “I’m sorry to say this needs be sorted it out.
“When the manager starts to criticise in public the players it looks like a lost soul in the dressing room and players not taking the responsibility and the manager does not get the respect he should get.”
Speculation continues to mount on Lennon’s future at the club at a stage of the campaign where they are only 27 days away from a Scottish Cup Final meeting against Championship outfit Hearts at Hampden on December 20 – and the target of a truly phenomenal quadruple treble.