Lennon has been in the firing line after being hit by a coin thrown by a fan during the explosive Edinburgh derby against Hearts.

In their next game Hibs crashed1-0  to St Johnstone.

“It’s disappointing,” Maclaren admitted to The Scottish Sun. “He has been through a tough period. He has come out and said he does not want pressure to be put on us because of him.

“Ultimately people think that, but really he is putting his body on the line for us.

“We have to go out there and give a bit more trust and faith into him because he puts his body on the line for us.

“We are disappointed we could not produce for him. He backs us and we back him but we had an off-day. You do get them but it wasn’t acceptable.”

Maclaren, who has back on the pitch after several weeks out with a back injury, says his side have put their controversial derby draw with Hearts behind them.

“It’s got nothing to do with Wednesday night – that’s blown over,” the Socceroo said.

“I thought with myself coming in and Emerson Hyndman and Daryl Horgan, who haven’t played in a while, you’d have expected better from us.

"Any home game you want to win, we know how good we are at home so that is very disappointing.”