Scott Brown’s opinion on Neil Lennon’s departure sees the Hoops skipper full of praise for his former manager.

Lennon left Easter Road last month following a suspension. It was never truly confirmed as to why he was suspended in the first place, but a falling out with players appears to be the primary theory.

Hibs will arrive at Celtic Park tonight without a manager, as Eddie May continues his spell in temporary charge. Meanwhile, the Hoops are looking to rack up their sixth consecutive win this evening.

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown were close during their time at Celtic (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

But Brown has leaped to the defence of his former manager. The former Scotland captain will likely start the game tonight, and speaking in the Scotsman, Brown backed his former coach.

“I’m sad to see him go. He was fantastic for Hibs.

“I don’t know what’s happened there but I just wish him all the best. I’m sure if you speak with Lenny, he’ll tell you what happened.

“It’s hard being a manager and dealing with boards but it’s part and parcel of the game. He’s a fantastic manager. He’ll get another job as he’s a great people person as well. You never know, he might go back south.”

Lennon deserves to walk into a new job

When managers depart their clubs unceremoniously, it often reflects badly on the manager himself. But in Neil Lennon’s case, that just isn’t the full picture.

Chairmen up and down Britain and abroad should take note of the incredible achievements on Lennon’s CV – many of them coming during his time at Hibs.

Neil Lennon done plenty of good at Hibernian (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

In the space of just two years, Lennon got Hibs up at the first time of asking before being one result away from finishing second in his first year in the Premiership with the Hibees.

During the summer, Lennon was robbed of his best players. The likes of John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch left the club, and Lennon had to start over. Even then, he’s kept Hibs competitive despite his squad being weakened.

But the former Celtic manager is likely to be inundated with offers in the future, and he certainly has Brown’s backing.

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