GORDON STRACHAN has hit out at the Celtic fans’ treatment of manager Neil Lennon.
The former Hoops boss – who has been mentioned in speculation as a possibility to take over if the Irishman is sacked – is saddened by the reaction of raging followers as the club go through a traumatic period.
The champions have won only two of their past 10 games while conceding an unacceptable 23 goals over the dreadful sequence. They lost their first domestic Cup-tie at the 36th hurdle when Ross County knocked them out of the Betfred League Cup at the weekend.
They have also been eliminated from the Champions League and the Europa League this season while slumping 11 points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit although they have two crucial games in hand.
But Strachan, who managed the club to a hat-trick of titles in seasons 2006/7/8, believes it is time for angry supporters to remember the words of the stirring anthem they sing at games.
The ex-Scotland international supremo, speaking to online site Football Pass, said: “Sixty-thousand people sing: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
“But at this moment in time there are a few hundred people making Neil Lennon feel like he is walking alone.
“But over the last couple of days, he’s realised he’s not walking alone.
“His friends have gathered together to make sure he understands he doesn’t walk alone.
“The Celtic fans who all understand what’s going on will make sure he understands that, as well.”
Lennon will take his team to the San Siro tomorrow night for their second last Europa tie against AC Milan before the nine-in-a-row champ[ions face St Johnstone in a vital Premiership encounter at Parkhead on Sunday.