Celtic boss Lennon's classy call to Stuart Kettlewell after Ross County sacking

By David Walton

December 23, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has disclosed the classy call he made to former Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell.

The former Dingwall boss was sacked by the club on Saturday. This came immediately after a 2-0 home defeat to Hamilton Academical. County currently sit four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

The sacking also came just several weeks after Kettlewell knocked Lennon’s Celtic out of the Betfred Cup at Parkhead. County visit Glasgow again tonight, but John Hughes will be in charge this time.

But Lennon appeared to be one of the first to offer his apologies to Kettlewell for his sacking. Speaking in comments published by the Scottish Sun, the Hoops boss let slip a private call he sent over to his managerial colleague.

“I gave Stuart a call last Saturday and congratulated him on a really good first stint in his managerial career.

“He’s got his badge of honour. You’re guaranteed one thing in this job and that’s the sack at some stage. Hopefully he comes back stronger.”

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Kettlewell and Lennon appear to think fondly of one another. Remember, after knocking the Hoops out of the Betfred Cup, Kettlewell labelled Lennon “classy” (The Herald).

But this is a great touch from the Celtic boss. It’s stuff like this that doesn’t get enough coverage. Despite all of the pressure Lennon has been under, he can still find it in him to make classy gestures like this. And on the eve of a cup final too.

Lennon has of course experienced the sack in the past during his time with Bolton. It remains to be seen if similar happens at Parkhead in the coming weeks as a huge few months lie ahead.

Former Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell was sacked ahead of tonight’s Celtic clash / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

As for Kettlewell’s sacking, it’s difficult to complain too much. When a team is rooted to the bottom half-way through the season and by more than one game, it’s a big concern. Especially for a squad like County have. They should have the players to be fighting in the upper half of the bottom six.

Roy MacGregor has acted quickly here to get Hughes in. It remains to be seen what kind of bounce that appointment provides them with tonight. Celtic need the three points in this one. Anything below that and Kettlewell may need to get on the phone to Neil this weekend.

It hopefully won’t come to that though! Celtic are in a decent place at the moment after their quadruple-treble success. Here’s hoping that momentum carries into tonight’s clash.

In other news, Lennon’s not happy as the club’s January plan is now under severe danger.