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Lennon: I’m not fearing for my job

NEIL LENNON has spoken out about the pressure that he is under and claimed that he doesn’t fear the sack.

Celtic are in Rennes tonight, hoping to get off bottom spot in Europa League Group I, and trail Rangers by 10 points in the SPL, with Motherwell sitting in second spot above the Hoops.

Saturday’s three-goal half-time deficit at Kilmarnock had the broadcasters mobilising their news desks to Ayrshire in anticipation of a sacking or resignation before Anthony Stokes triggered a second-half comeback as Celtic salvaged a point.

Celtic flew in to France yesterday with Gary Hooper, Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras added to an injury list that includes Scott Brown, Kelvin Wilson and Emilio Izaguirre – leaving the guts of last season’s team on the sidelines.

Pressure

“I don’t feel under extra pressure,” Lennon claimed looking ahead to tonight’s match. “You have to accept questions will be asked if you are 3-0 down at half-time against any opposition in the SPL.

“You have to ask questions of yourself: are you doing the right things? Why is the team not performing?

“I don’t feel as if I am in any trouble as far as my job is concerned. If anything, the pressure comes from within myself and my own pride in the performance of my team.”

Celtic’s defence has been the main source of trouble for Lennon, conceding nine goals in their last three SPL away outings and losing goals in the first 10 minutes away to Sion and Atletico Madrid in Europe.

“We have to defend better than we did last Saturday, that’s for sure,” the Celtic boss said.

Irish U-19 international Paul George is expected to be on the bench tonight.

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