CELTIC Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has defended boss Neil Lennon, reiterating that the manager has never been so determined to succeed.

Lennon has met regularly with CEO Lawwell and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond in recent days following a poor run of form that has seen Celtic win just two of their last 10 matches.

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That pressure culminated in protests outside Celtic Park following a 2-0 defeat to Ross County on Sunday. The Hoops have also twice been beaten 4-1 by Sparta Prague in the Europa League group stages.

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But Lennon has continuously stated he enjoys full-backing from the Celtic board, and Lawwell has reiterated that sentiment.

In a statement on Celtic's website, he said: "Like all those with Celtic’s best interests at heart, everyone at the Club is feeling the same hurt, disappointment and frustration following the team’s recent results. We are accustomed to winning and, of course, our objective will always be for that to continue. There is no complacency whatsoever.

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"Neil, the players and backroom staff, who have already done so much for the Club, share in all of that. They have never been more determined to succeed. Having enjoyed such sustained, unprecedented success, we now need strength in adversity.

"We know that many Celtic supporters share very honest and real concerns and they are being heard by the Club. Every decision taken, both on and off the park, is with the Club’s best interests at heart. This is not about any individual, but about Celtic Football Club as a collective. "Together we have faced unique difficulties in the early part of the season. While some of these were beyond our control, of course we recognise we must improve. There is a long way to go and everyone at the Club is ready for the challenge.

"Later this month, Celtic will attempt what no other club in the world has achieved – a quadruple treble in domestic competitions. We can best prepare for that and for our other remaining competitions this season by moving forward together, with the sole aim of achieving continued success for the Club."