Celtic must keep faith with Lennon
The Celtic board must keep faith with Neil Lennon.
Despite last night's defeat in Inverness, and the squeals of more histrionic Celtic fans, Lennon deserves more time to complete the job he has started, whether his team wins the title or not.
In his first season in charge he is still in contention to win the SPL and the Scottish Cup.
Not bad for a rookie manager.
Lennon saw his side's title challenge falter at Inverness, where Celtic suffered a shock 3-2 defeat
Wednesday night's result and performance at Inverness was a dire one and may yet scupper Celtic's title ambitions.
Lennon has assembled the basis of a very decent team.
It is a work in progress though and can't be built overnight.
Yes he has managerial frailties, so too does Jose Mourinho and every other manager.
The important thing is that he learns quickly.
To judge him at the end of one season in the job, as some panicky Celtic fans seem to want to do, would be harsh in the extreme.
It would be short-term thinking and could prove to be self-defeating.
Next season Lennon will go head to head with Ally McCoist for the main honours in Scotland.
McCoist has served a very useful apprenticeship under Walter Smith, but even with Wattie on the end of a phone, he will have to make his own decisions next season.
Lennon and McCoist will be on a more level playing field in terms of experience than the Celtic manager and Smith have been this season.
The two men have made the journey from supporting, playing for and finally managing the clubs they love, but they are still novices in the management game.
Of course Celtic and indeed Rangers too, could take the view that they would be better off with a "Big Name" from elsewhere.
History should teach both clubs that that particular road can be paved with broken glass.