Scott Brown urges Celtic fans to back Neil Lennon

The Green Brigade released a statement calling for quick action to prevent the chance of a record-breaking 10 successive Premiership titles being missed
Scott Brown urges Celtic fans to back Neil Lennon

Skipper Scott Brown called for unity at Celtic after some fans called for the removal of under-fire manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Skipper Scott Brown called for unity at Celtic after some fans called for the removal of under-fire manager Neil Lennon.

A banner held up outside Parkhead on Wednesday morning, following a 2-2 draw with Hibernian at the weekend, read, "save the ten - time to go Neil".

The Green Brigade, the ultras section of the Celtic support, also released a statement which called for chief executive Peter Lawwell and the board to act quickly to prevent the chance of a record-breaking 10 successive Premiership titles being missed.

Celtic have just two wins out of their last eight games in all competitions and sit 11 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, albeit the champions have two games in hand.

Ahead of the Europa League clash with Sparta Prague this evening (5.55pm), veteran midfielder Brown said: "I think in today's age it is all social media, a picture for Instagram or Twitter or whatever.

"We have 100% faith in the manager. The support that we have had through the nine in a row has been incredible. I think now is the time we all come together. The fans have been fantastic for us for the last nine season and this is the time we all stick together.

"We're pushing for something special. We need to make sure that we are all together.

"Everyone in that changing room is working extremely hard to get better.

"We know that performances haven't been up to scratch and now we have to fix it and we need to make sure we fix extremely quickly because the manager and backroom staff have been working extremely hard.

"We have to go on the park and whoever the 11 is, make sure we do the exact same."

Rangers can also take a major step towards the last 32 of the Europa League if they can topple Portuguese big guns Benfica at home on this evening (8pm).

Jorge Jesus' Portuguese giants have been hit hard by an coronavirus outbreak in the build-up to their trip to Glasgow.

Midfielder Adel Taarabt is the fifth member of their squad to come down with the virus, joining Darwin Nunez - who scored the stoppage-time equaliser at the Stadium of Light - in quarantine.

But Gerrard is only concerning himself with how he extends his team's impressive unbeaten run this term, which now stands at 21 games.

He said: "The main focus is always on us and Rangers and the majority of the preparations that we have are mainly focused on us.

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