Lennon has the opportunity to better one of Rodgers’ Celtic failures

By John Reid

February 18, 2020

When it comes to former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers’ time at the club, it was a period of incredible domination, domestically.

The Hoops won every competition in Scotland that Rodgers competed for, seven out of seven.

However, there was one aspect of Rodgers’ time at Celtic that could be considered a failure. His record in the Europa League last 32.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Hoops reached the last twice in Rodgers’ time at Celtic, and both times the Hoops exited the competition in disappointing fashion.

Disappointing results in last 32

Last season the Hoops crashed out 3-0 aggregate on Valencia, whilst the season before was arguably even more disappointing, as Celtic lost 3-1 on aggregate to Zenit, having taken a lead in the first leg.

However, this season it could be a different story, as under Neil Lennon, the Hoops look to have a great chance to get past the round of 32.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Celtic’s upcoming tie against Copenhagen won’t be easy. However, the Hoops are in such a good run of form that they have to be considered as favourites to go through.

Should that happen, then it would be a feather in the cap for Neil Lennon.

Finishing first in group stage was key

Lennon has already done more in the Europa League than Rodgers after finishing first in the group stages this season.

One bonus of that was Celtic being seeded for the last 32, and getting the second leg of the Copenhagen tie at home.

That could also be another example of the tie against Copenhagen being in Celtic’s favour.

So far, Neil Lennon has for the most part done very well in his second spell as Hoops manager. Is he as good as a manager as Brendan Rodgers though? That remains to be seen.

However, if he can reach the last 16 of the Europa League, something Rodgers was unable to do, then Lennon has to be under consideration to be on par with Rodgers.