Passionate Darren O'Dea reckons fed-up Celtic fans using stats to condemn Neil Lennon are weakening their argument in the process.

The former Parkhead star now works as academy coach at the club and also remains a passionate supporter of the under-siege Premiership champions in the wake of their Betfred Cup nightmare.

O'Dea has pulled no punches over recent displays but doesn't believe the current run of two wins in 10 games is reason enough for a change to made by the Celtic board. 

And while the 34-year-old admits he would never stick the boot into his current employers, he doesn't believe the time is right for Lennon to leave.

Speaking to Go Radio, a fired-up O'Dea said: "I'm not going to lie and say I don't have any loyalty to Neil Lennon or the club.

"I'm not going to come here, even if I thought they really needed change, and say I would shout from the rooftops, because I wouldn't. I'm going to patronise people and say I would.

"You talk about statistics, they've won two in 10 which is by Celtic's standards is unacceptable, Neil Lennon's not trying to defend that either, he's not saying they are in good form.

"If you want to throw statistics out, they're potentially about to complete a quadruple Treble, they've lost their first domestic cup game in 35, they've won nine titles in a row.

"Neil Lennon has been a massive part of all of that. If you want to talk about two wins in 10, how about you talk about the nine years previous to that?

"I don't really get this two in 10. No one is defending Celtic, their performances, when I say no one I mean the manager and the players.

"They are coming out saying 'we are in a bad moment', they are asking for patience, they are asking for the backing of the Celtic support.

"If you want to talk about statistics, they back up that Neil Lennon should still be in a job, not the other way around."