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Pressure grows on Lennon after cup loss to Ross County

Fans gather outside Celtic Park to demand managers departure

ROSS COUNTY piled more pressure on Neil Lennon by knocking Celtic out of the Scottish League Cup yesterday.

Angry fans gathered outside Celtic Park to call for the manager’s departure. Lennon could hear the shouts as he walked into his post-match media conference and said: “It doesn’t make me feel good obviously. We are not in a good moment.”

Ross Stewart’s 39th-minute penalty and Alex Iacovitti’s late header earned County a 2-0 second-round win to ensure Celtic’s run of domestic success will finish this season.

Celtic can make it 12 consecutive trophies if they beat Hearts next month in last season’s delayed Scottish Cup final, but their 35-match winning run in domestic cups ended with an uninspiring display at Celtic Park.

Hoops manager Lennon declared he had the full backing of majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell after Celtic crashed out of their second European competition of the season on Thursday.

But Celtic have now won just twice in 10 matches and, although they missed several good chances, they looked a team lacking in ideas and confidence.

County have not won in seven Scottish Premiership games and manager Stuart Kettlewell had declared last weekend’s 3-1 defeat against 10-man Kilmarnock one of the worst results in his 12 years with the club.

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