Sir Kenny Dalglish knows the score and summed it up succinctly when it was put to him that Celtic might be in the middle of a crisis.

“There’s concern when you lose the toss of the coin at Celtic,” was how the Parkhead legend put it.

But Dalglish is convinced that despite his former club suffering a week from hell, following home defeats to Rangers and AC Milan then drawing at Pittodrie, there’s no way Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board are contemplating the sacking of Neil Lennon.

Dalglish was at Hampden yesterday, promoting Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Aberdeen where a win would keep the Parkhead outfit on course for a quadruple Treble.

That incredible feat, should it happen, and Lennon’s win ratio since riding to the rescue when Brendan Rodgers saddled up and bolted for Leicester has convinced Dalglish that the manager’s job is safe.

He said: “I would think that the previous record Lenny has buys him a great deal of credit in the bank and it’s not historical – it’s present day.

“It has been three games in the one week. If those games had been spread over a month he would
probably have had some of the players back at some stage.

“He has a 77 per cent win rate in this period since he came back and had a fantastic record over the four years when he was here before.

“So it might be a crisis for some people but I don’t think it will be for the club – although there will be huge disappointment they haven’t won the games or done better in them.

“You’ve got to take into account the players he had available and the ones he had missing.

“Although the ones that are missing, you can’t do anything about, they don’t do anything to help you.

“The most important ones are always those that are in line for selection and are on the pitch.

“If you’ve not got three or four of your best players in, it’s going to be hard for you. That’s what he has had.

“For me, there will be concern. But there’s concern when you lose the toss of the coin at Celtic.

“That’s the level they play at and that’s what they are up against. But I don’t think that concern will lead to any drastic measures and that Lenny will be there for a long time.

“I don’t think it’s in dispute, he’ll get a chance. It’s not going to be taken away from him.

“Last year at the winter break Rangers were a game in hand win away from being top of the league, and Lenny went on and won the title, won the Betfred Cup as well, and the third trophy from last year is what they’re playing for on Sunday.

“So it doesn’t look to me like there’s much need for anybody to be over-enthusiastic and try to get rid of somebody.

“And I don’t think he would deserve it because of what he has done for the club.

“The respect he has for the football club is matched by the respect they have for him, so I don’t see any reason for the club to act as badly as some people would suggest.”

While Dalglish maintains belief in Lennon, he accepts that some of the players he’s brought in haven’t justified the decision as yet.

Shane Duffy has come in for criticism and Dalglish believes the issues the Irish defender has had proves that the Scottish game is stronger than many people south of the border believe.

He said: “So far, the ones that have come in haven’t done well enough.

“You can’t say the keeper is throwing balls into the back of the net, there’s nobody to blame. They’ve done the best they possibly could.

“To try to compensate for having five or six players out injured is difficult, especially when it’s players who would normally be in your first team.

“Everybody thought he [Duffy] was a world beater in his first game when he scored at Ross County with a header, and he is a decent asset at set-plays.

“Maybe his form hasn’t been as good as what some people would have expected but then again, maybe the Scottish Premiership is a bit better than what everybody has judged it to be.

“He played 200-odd games for Brighton and mostly in a back five or three centre-backs.

“He started that way here, but in the second half against AC Milan and against Aberdeen he went with a back four. He’s still the best choice Lenny’s got at the moment as the other boys are injured.”

Dalglish reckons Duffy – and captain Scott Brown, who was benched at Pittodrie – will have big parts to play on Sunday.

And he reckons if Celtic go on to win the Cup, they might just achieve something that never will be equalled.

“I wouldn’t think so,” he said. “But then you wouldn’t have expected to see it in the first place, would you?

“I know there has been quite a weak Rangers team out in a couple of those years. But still, to win 12 trophies in a row is absolutely unbelievable.

“Scott is a huge influence on Celtic anyway, whether he’s on the pitch or not. The way he’s conducted himself has been brilliant.

“The desire he has to be successful, the rest of the boys have picked up on.

“He came off against AC Milan but I don’t think Lenny would ever underestimate the importance of Brown.”

● Kenny Dalglish was speaking to promote Premier Sports coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final match Celtic v Aberdeen live from 2pm on Sunday. Premier Sports is available on Sky, Virgin TV and the Premier Player. Prices start from £9.99 per month.