NEIL LENNON says that he held a Zoom call with Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell yesterday as they search for a solution to the club’s current slump in form, but he is convinced that he has the backing of the board.

Lennon has come under huge pressure as Celtic have fallen 11 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership, while a second successive 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday night saw them crash out of the Europa League.

Lennon contends though that the call with Desmond and Lawwell was routine despite another embarrassing reverse, with all three men still believing in ‘the process’ of what he is trying to achieve at the club.

"It was a normal call that we have,” Lennon said. “It was no big deal.

"We are going through a bad patch and we are looking for solutions to it.

"I speak to Dermot twice a week and I speak to Peter every day. We had another one on Friday morning.

"It wasn't a special army council meeting or a COBRA meeting. It was about, 'Where can we improve things on and off the field for the players?'

"It always is that way with Dermot. He's honest with me and I am with him. It's the same with Peter.

"We aren't smoothing over any cracks here. We aren't saying everything is fine, it's obviously not. We are honest enough with each other to debate that.

"They are trying to help me and I am trying to help the players. It wasn't like a huge ordeal for me.

"We are very strong and durable. I believe in the process but the players are struggling with some belief and confidence.

"They played pretty well for large parts of the game in Prague. The scoreline flattered [Sparta Prague].

"But that's how it goes for you when you are going through a sticky patch.

"That's what it is - this isn't terminal by any means.

"Europe is over now. We need to look at the domestic games.”