HUGH KEEVINS has previewed the upcoming Glasgow Derby encounter which takes place this Sunday at Celtic Park.

Scottish football’s resident OAPundit has a fondness for hyperbolic sound bites when he takes to the radio waves at Clyde one but his columns for the same station appear more measured and less provocative. When he’s not fending off some of the more lunatic fringes of Scottish football via the phone in he can’t talk some sense and it’s hard to argue with his latest comments on Neil Lennon and Celtic.

The pundit believes Neil Lennon deserves the credit for taking over the role as interim boss when the club was left stunned by a prompt Brendan Rodger exit but while he has managed to get some important results, the manner of them will be taken into account and used for or against the Irishman at the end of the season. In that respect, Neil needs to bridge the gap between results and performances. Celtic has grabbed the results in dramatic circumstances but when you’re auditioning for the Celtic job, winning is everything, but winning with a bit of style is always part of the job description.

Here is Hugh’s take on Lennon’s story so far for Clyde One.

“Lennon deserves the Celtic fans’ gratitude for picking up the responsibility for a league title, a possible triple treble and the onerous burden of keeping alive the dream of Ten in a Row following the sudden departure of Brendan Rodgers.

“But it has been a bit of a struggle so far.

“Last gasp winners, such as those at Tynecastle and Dens Park, are high octane moments of dramatic celebration.

“However, they also signify a bit of a struggle.

“Likewise the loss of the first league points of the season at Celtic Park when Aberdeen went there.

“The interim manager needs a win with conviction on Sunday at a time when his performance levels are being recorded in a folder that will be produced as a discussion document when the meeting is called to discuss Rodgers’ replacement on a permanent basis.”


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