Celtic boss Neil Lennon has hit back at criticism aimed at him and Shane Duffy after three poor performances in eight days.

Defeats to Rangers and AC Milan were followed by a 3-3 draw with Aberdeen on Sunday and Lennon has blasted the 'fake news' which has followed the poor run of form.

Lennon believes the majority of Hoops supporters still back him despite criticism on social media.

Speaking ahead of Celtic's trip to France to face Lille on Thursday night, he said: "There is a minority of our support who need to calm down, let the players settle.

"It has been very disruptive the last few weeks but I am not using that as an excuse.

"In the main I think the majority of the supporters are behind the team and behind the club.

"There is no justification for me to get sacked, none whatsoever. I shouldn't have to defend my record, it speaks for itself.

"I don't feel under any major pressure. Am I unhappy with this week's work? Yes, because we would like to play well and win.

"But I think we are getting better, stronger and have a lot to look forward to and I think I should be the man in charge of it.

"We go through a little spell and conspiracy theories come out about dressing room break ups, fall outs, all that nonsense.

"It is fake news. I sound like Donald Trump now but it is just all fake news."

Lennon has also branded criticism of Duffy's early form at Celtic as 'ridiculous' as he angrily reacted to Kris Commons' claim that Duffy is 'rank rotten'.

The former Hoops star compared him to Efe Ambrose and accused him of being a bombscare but Lennon has backed the Irishman to come good at the club.

He added: "Players getting singled out and abused, it is absolutely shocking.

"If that's the way of the modern world. I am glad I am not a player any more.

"Shane needs to find his feet. He has had a bumpy week, nothing more nothing less. It happens.

"I am not happy with the treatment he is getting from certain quarters of the media.

"He is a quality player. The personal, banging the drum with certain players is unacceptable.

"He made a mistake, he shouldn't be hung out to dry for it. He has my full support, he has the team's full support.

"I have seen millions of players come in here and take time to find their feet and then go on to have brilliant careers.

"There is a clear lack of respect for the players, management and backroom staff at the minute because of one bad week.

"I'm telling you it's media driven. There is a narrative that everybody wants to see a change. That's fine, that's the way of the world."