Neil Lennon: The Celtic fans will look at Brendan Rodgers fondly

By David Walton

February 28, 2019

Neil Lennon has made a bold claim by stating that Brendan Rodgers’ reputation at Parkhead will eventually soar back up.

The new Celtic interim manager has come out and hailed the former Hoops gaffer. Fans, however, were and still are disgusted by the manner of Rodgers’ Celtic exit.

With huge matches against Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen around the corner, Rodgers departed and took his backroom staff with him just 48 hours before the crunch schedule kicked in.

It left Celtic in a desperate scramble. Fortunately, Lennon was around to answer the desperate call from Parkhead. He then managed the Hoops to success against Hearts last night in a 2-1 success at Tynecastle.

Brendan Rodgers went to see a Leicester City youth game last night during Celtic’s huge match with Hearts (Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

And, speaking in the Daily Record afterwards, Lennon claimed supporters will eventually look back on Rodgers’ time in Glasgow with affection.

“Absolutely (Rodgers deserves more respect). In years to come, they’ll be looking back upon this period as one of the finest in the club’s history.

“So, eventually, once the anger and the agitation settles down, I think people will be very appreciative of what Brendan did here. I know I am.

“But that’ll be down to the supporters own individual views on it. From a footballing perspective, the job Brendan has done here has been magnificent. It would be his title, definitely. I’m just in here to get us over the line.”

Fans are making their views on Rodgers clear

Celtic fans have consistently taken to social media to have a go at their former manager. The anger remains to this day, and fans aren’t backing down here early on.

Even last night, supporters held up a banner that read “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt. Always a fraud”. These are venomous and frank accusations from the support, and it’s difficult to see how Rodgers ever comes back from this.

It’s not quite Mo Johnston levels of hatred, but it’s not been far off it. Rodgers departed this club when it needed him most, and that’s what he’ll be remembered for by the Celtic faithful.

It’s easy for Lennon to say otherwise. Rodgers’ departure has opened up a huge opportunity for him, and one he’ll take with both hands. It’s clear why he may not have that same level of hatred for Rodgers as others do.

But an increase in his Parkhead reputation? Don’t bank on it.