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Celtic star James Forrest reveals what Hoops squad really think about Neil Lennon | Football | Sport


Celtic face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final next weekend as they look to secure another domestic treble, but Neil Lennon’s future at the club remains undecided.

Forrest, who won the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award for his performances this season, claims that the Celtic squad would agree with him about the work that Lennon has been doing.

Forrest told BBC Sport: “Obviously there is one big game left so that’s the main focus.

“For the manager, the staff, the players, and the fans – I think everyone wants one big push before they name the manager, and then obviously we take it from there.

“I think he has done tremendously.”

Lennon has lost just once since returning to the club in February after Brendan Rodgers joined Leicester.

The Northern Irishman guided the Hoops to their eighth-consecutive league title earlier this month and could seal cup success next week.

Forrest added: “He came in at a difficult time and he’s come in and done really well.

“I think if you speak to any of the boys they’ll say excatly the same.

“If he gets the job then we will be looking forward to working with him.”

Lennon came under fire last week after suggesting that Celtic fans have been spoilt by their recent success, and urged fans to respect the work he has done.

He said: “If there are doubts there, they are the ones with the doubts, not me.

“But there is a new breed of fan on social networks, it’s not the real world. This is the world we’re living in at the minute.

“Barcelona could win the double but a lot of their fans are calling for the head of Ernesto Valverde because they got knocked out of the semi-finals of the Champions League by Liverpool.

“Expectations, whatever you want to call it, are sometimes unrealistic. But it’s the modern-day fan.

“It’s fast-food stuff, they want the next thing very, very quickly and it’s not the real world.”

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