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Breaking News ! Former Celtic hero Charlie Nicholas has urged his old club to make an announcement about the managerial situation rather than leaving Neil Lennon to be the "fall guy". Defeat to Ross County on Sunday night piled even more pressure on the Parkhead boss, with a growing number of fans calling for him to go. A promised review has not been made public as Celtic assure they will not take any hasty decisions. But Nicholas feels leaving Lennon in limbo has turned him into the fall guy for a 10 In A Row dream turned nightmare. And he called on the club to make an announcement before the potential title decider against Rangers and take some of the heat off the manager. (Image: Getty Images) Nicholas told the Daily Star: "Celtic need to make an announcement to say that Neil Lennon will be going at the end of the season. "They need to do that to take some of the edge off Rangers and before they win the title. I know Neil will probably disagree with me but that is my view. "I just don't think they can keep him in place because a lot of the Celtic fans wouldn't accept it. "Neil has been the fall guy and an announcement that he is going I think would stabilise the fans to see who they would want as his successor. Read More Related Articles Diego Laxalt and the Celtic shrug that sums up blame culture aboard Neil Lennon's ghost ship - Keith Jackson "I am not looking for a gigantic statement but in protection of Neil Lennon there should be one, saying Neil will complete the season and a new manager will come after that. "If that was to happen then I think the Celtic fans would accept that because the team can't keep going on as it has without any real long-term plan. Celtic have to take an edge back from the dominance that Rangers have just now." Nicholas feels that Lennon is a dead man walking, with the manager to be replaced in the summer. But the Parkhead icon feels there's a big rebuilding job ahead for whoever steps into the breach. (Image: SNS Group) He explained: "Celtic’s essence has always been about the team.
. "He doesn’t have top class players. He has good players who are low in confidence because the loss of 10 In A Row has sucked everything out of them. "The captain, Scott Brown, is coming to a stage where if he gets a coaching role then his playing deal should be a pay-as-you-play one.
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"Leigh Griffiths seems just about finished and a new manager will have to ask questions about his future. "I would also be looking at getting rid of a lot of dead wood. "Loan players Boli Bolingoli and Vakoun Bayo have to come back, while Olivier Ntcham could too if he doesn’t impress at Marseille. "It is just a case of Neil trying to get the team through to the end of the season. He won’t be there beyond the summer because the fans just won’t accept it. "What baffles me is that he is still chopping and changing his team at the strangest of times. "Elyounoussi was Celtic’s top scorer until a few weeks ago and the club’s best player besides Ajer. "I am not saying it was a high standard because Edouard hadn’t turned up by that point. "Lenny has now bombed Ismaila Soro out. He has brought back Brown and Scott Bain back but they are guys who have been there before and made the team so average during the course of the season.
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"Lenny said after the Ross County defeat that set pieces have been the Achilles heel all season, but he can’t change it now. "Why didn’t he and his coaching staff change it earlier then? "Now the only thing likely to change is the coaching staff."
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