BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton believes Neil Lennon needs Celtic to not only win on Sunday against Rangers, but win in style, if he is to become permanent manager of the club.
Lennon has been appointed until the end of the season and every game between now and then is under serious scrutiny, with fans eager to see if he can spark the team into life after the departure of Brendan Rodgers and win a treble.
Naturally the pressure is increased when Rangers come calling and Sutton reckons it could play a big role in determining whether he gets the job this summer.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
Is this his first big challenge? No, I think he has been challenged. I think that the early fixtures under him, Hibs and Hearts away were extremely difficult fixtures and Aberdeen who pushed him.
I think it’s his most important challenge. I think it’s just as big for Steven Gerrard – I think in terms of Neil Lennon getting the job, he needs to beat Rangers and beat them in style.
It’s perhaps a bit much to placing that kind of expectation on Lennon’s shoulders given his lack of time to work with a squad that was not assembled by himself.
Most fans will take any sort of win on Sunday, whether that’s a 3-0 trouncing or a 1-0 last-minute winner. The most important thing is the three points, going 13 points clear and putting ourselves on the verge of an eighth league title.
That’s what Lennon’s been brought to the club to do and anything that happens beyond that is a bonus.