In this file picture taken on November 07, 2019 Celtic’s Scottish head coach Neil Lennon seems to be on through the UEFA Europa League Group E soccer match Lazio vs Celtic on the Olympic stadium in Rome. Tiziana FABI / AFP
Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic supervisor on Wednesday after a disastrous season for the Glasgow giants, with fierce rivals Rangers on the point of a primary Scottish Premiership title in a decade.
The Northern Irishman took cost for a second spell in February 2019 when Brendan Rodgers left and led the membership to 2 titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.
Celtic had been chasing a historic tenth consecutive top-flight title this season however their marketing campaign was thrown into disarray on and off the pitch.
The reigning champions are 18 factors behind Rangers and defeat to Ross County on Sunday left Steven Gerrard’s males simply seven factors away from the title.
Celtic additionally crashed out of Europe within the Champions League qualifiers and Europa League group phases, resulting in fan protests outdoors the membership’s stadium and on-line calls from supporters for Lennon to go.
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“Celtic Football Club today announced that Neil Lennon has resigned from his position as football manager with immediate effect,” mentioned a membership assertion.
“Neil has served the club with distinction as both player and manager, delivering numerous successes, most recently completing the domestic treble in December.”
Lennon mentioned within the assertion: “We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously.”
The Celtic hierarchy, led by chief government Peter Lawwell, who’s to face down on the finish of the season, stood by their supervisor lengthy after reasonable hope of catching Rangers was gone.
But Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County, who began the sport backside of the desk, proved the ultimate straw.
– Trophy haul –
Lennon stepped in two years in the past initially on a short lived foundation when Rodgers left mid-season to take cost of Premier League facet Leicester.
After inheriting an eight-point lead, the Northern Irishman noticed Celtic over the road within the league as Rangers faltered in Gerrard’s first season in cost at Ibrox and gained the Scottish Cup to finish a 3rd consecutive treble of home trophies.
In this file picture taken on December 10, 2020 Celtic’s Scottish head coach Neil Lennon gestures on the touchline through the UEFA Europa League Group H soccer match between Celtic and Lille at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow. ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP
Lawwell instantly provided Lennon the job completely within the dressing room after the Scottish Cup remaining in a transfer that has since been fiercely criticised by fan teams.
However, Celtic accomplished one other clear sweep within the 2019/20 season as Lennon’s facet constructed up a 13-point lead on the prime of the desk earlier than the marketing campaign was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A points-per-game formulation was used to award a ninth straight title, matching the feats of Celtic’s greatest-ever facet from 1965 to 1974 and the big-spending Rangers group managed by Graeme Souness and Walter Smith from 1988 to 1997.
In December, victory on penalties over Hearts accomplished a fourth consecutive treble within the delayed 2019/20 Scottish Cup remaining and Lennon grew to become the primary man to win the Scottish home treble as a participant and supervisor.
However, by then the wheels had already come off Celtic’s season with a string of disappointing ends in Europe and Rangers constructing a commanding lead within the league.
A 1-0 victory for Gerrard’s males within the second Old Firm derby of the season on January 2 opened up a 19-point lead.
Worse was to return for Celtic as Lennon’s squad instantly jetted out from defeat at Ibrox for an ill-judged mid-season coaching camp in Dubai.
Pictures of Lennon and captain Scott Brown ingesting beer by a poolside enraged followers and when defender Christopher Jullien examined constructive for coronavirus on Celtic’s return to Glasgow, 13 first-team gamers plus Lennon and assistant supervisor John Kennedy had been pressured to self-isolate for 10 days.
A severely depleted squad misplaced additional floor and Rangers’ march to the title grew to become a formality.
Kennedy shall be put in caretaker cost with the duty of denying the blue facet of Glasgow the final word prize of successful the league once they go to Celtic Park on March 21.