Neil Lennon claims Celtic will come back "stronger than ever" following rare back-to-back defeats at home.

The Scottish champions came under scrutiny when they lost 2-0 to Old Firm rivals Rangers at Parkhead last Saturday.

Lennon was more pleased with his side's display against AC Milan in their Europa League Group H opener on Thursday night, especially after the break, although they ultimately lost 3-1 to the Italian giants.

It was the first time Celtic had lost consecutive games since December, 2018, when they went down to RB Salzburg and then Hibernian.

However, turning his attention to Aberdeen on Sunday, where Celtic go into the game trailing leaders Rangers by four points albeit with a game in hand, the Parkhead boss is confident his side will get back on track.

Lennon said: "We’re making too much of one result and one performance.

"We will come back stronger than ever and we’re looking forward to the challenge and the challenges that lie ahead.

"We’re not panicking, we’re staying calm. 

"We have a great belief in the players and I have every right to believe in them because of what they have done and what they can do.

"I am past the stage of my career where criticising players probably works and I don’t think they deserve it.

"I think they should be cut a bit of slack. They will come again and they will be stronger than ever, and looking at them, they have got the bit between the teeth again."

Lennon will keep a steady hand on the Celtic wheel as they try to overcome football challenges while also trying to negotiate the perils of Covid-19 issues which again kept Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed out of the AC Milan game.

The former Celtic captain said: "If I don’t, who will?

"It’s my job. It’s my job to protect the players. What have they won, 11 trophies in a row? It’s not bad.

"I think the criticism against them at times is overbalanced and people take them for granted.

"What we are going through at the minute, it is not a normal season.

"Not only football challenges and the pressure of that, but other challenges that every club is going through, some benefit maybe better than others. There is a long way to go in the season, a lot to look forward to.

"We just had a bit of a downturn in performances, but I understand why."