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Celtic CEO statement | "There is no complacency whatsoever."

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has broken his silence after a turbulent few weeks which has seen the club's ten-in-row attempt falter badly.

The shock 2-0 League Cup defeat to Ross County last Sunday came after a Scottish Premiership draw against Hibernian and back-to-back defeats against Sparta Prague in the Europa League, leaving them anchored to the bottom of their group in that tournament after four matches.

However the 11-point gap that arch-rivals Rangers hold at the top of the league table, albeit having played two more matches, is of most concern to supporters as the club attempts the historic feat of winning ten consecutive league championships.

"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," reads the statement from Lawwell.

"We are accustomed to winning and, of course, our objective will always be for that to continue. There is no complacency whatsoever."

Lennon's position has been called into question as the poor performances and results keep coming and there have been protests by some supporters, some of which turned ugly at Parkhead.

Lawwell's statement stops short of giving Lennon his full support.

"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."

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