BBC and Match of the Day pundit Garth Crooks has warned Celtic manager Neil Lennon to leave the club amid Rangers’ potential challenge next season.

Crooks is a former player in his own right. He had spells at the likes of Stoke City, Spurs, and Manchester United during his playing days. But his bigging up of Steven Gerrard and his side was a tad over the top yesterday.

Neil Lennon secured eight-in-a-row yesterday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On the day Celtic sealed eight-in-a-row, Crooks decided to send Lennon a warning. Despite the fact Celtic had just went 12 points clear, once again there was huge praise thrown towards Gerrard for some reason.

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Speaking on the BBC’s Final Score programme yesterday, Crooks said the following:

Wasn’t all of this supposed to happen this year?

When Gerrard came in and had a positive start at Rangers, the narrative was never about what was going to happen next season. After Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 back in December, talk of a title race was on full go, before the Hoops yet again ran away with yet another league title.


So talk of Gerrard being a winner and a definite success in football management is just built on absolutely nothing. Gerrard has had a full season now in Scotland and not won a thing. In fact, he didn’t even manage to reach a major final either.

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Lennon has already gotten the better of Steven Gerrard this season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Regardless of how you feel about Lennon, it feels as though Crooks is trying to say that he should leave because of the challenge from Rangers.

Crooks may not have been watching this season. As it stands, Lennon has INCREASED the margin over Rangers during his time at the club. It currently stands at 12 points, granted Rangers can whittle that down to nine with three points against Hibernian today. When Lennon came in over two months back, we were eight clear.

Lennon deserved his moment yesterday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon, however, has already beaten Gerrard’s Rangers this season, and in doing so increased the points gap over them to 13. Therefore, he’s proven just fine that he could deal with any threat the Ibrox side pose.

The question is whether Celtic have bigger targets in mind. The likes of Rafael Benitez or Roberto Martinez represent a step up if the Hoops can find suitable targets in that form.

But they certainly won’t be doing anything based on what Rangers do. Unsurprisingly, this just reeks of another English pundit getting far too excited over Gerrard.


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