Shane Duffy admits he got goose bumps when cheered into Celtic Park by fans who had previously turned on the team.

The Parkhead board had urged supporters not to turn up before the Kilmarnock match on Sunday to protest for change as they had done after both the Betfred Cup defeat to Ross County and the Premiership draw with St Johnstone.

Before the behind-closed-doors match against Killie, a few hundred fans assembled in the heavy rain.

There were chants of 'sack the board' as a banner saying ‘back the team, sack the board’ was held up in front of the main stand but supporters cheered the players off their team bus.

The Republic of Ireland defender, a life-long Hoops fan, scored the second in a 2-0 win following Mohamed Elyounoussi's deflected opener to keep Celtic 13 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership with two games in hand.

Afterwards Duffy, on loan from Brighton, said: "I love seeing it. Listen, there’s been ugly scenes and that’s not really what Celtic is about.

"The stuff with them backing you, it gives you goose bumps.

"I wish the stadium was full and I could really experience it, but I’m hoping I get the chance.

"It’s a special club with special supporters.

"We know they are always behind us. As any supporter is, they are frustrated as they know there is a lot more in the team and we haven’t shown it.

"We’ve had a terrible Europa League, the Rangers game and a couple of draws.

"They are frustrated and I understand it. I’ve grown up with it all my life.

"You just put it aside and get back to basics to try and get this team flowing again and get on a roll."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell

Manager Neil Lennon described the fans backing as "wonderful" and "appreciated" by the players.

He said: "We just want unity. We understand the fans' frustrations. We’re out of the League Cup and we’re out of Europe, so now we concentrate on the league and Scottish Cup.

"So it’s important that the fans get behind us, but we have to replicate that with performances and results.

"So it has been a good day but that’s all it has been so far. It won’t placate the majority of the fans because of that position we are in, so we have to work at it and make it better."

The club's chief executive Peter Lawwell reiterated his support for the manager.

"Neil's credentials as a Celtic man and as a manager are there for everyone to see," he said.

"He came back in February, 2019. He probably had everything to lose and nothing much to win.

"But he came in, did a fantastic job, won us the league, the cup, the treble treble.

"He then took on the team again, we won the League Cup beating Rangers in the final and we won the group section of the Europa League.

"We then get our nine in a row title and he has got us into the Scottish Cup final next week which is hopefully the unprecedented quadruple treble.

"So he was the man in February 2019, he was the man for it last summer, and we believe he is the man for it just now.

"He has the trust and confidence of the players, he has the trust and confidence of his backroom staff and we believe at this particular time he is the best man to try and recover this deficit in the league and get us on to 10 in a row."