Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Brendan Rodgers could have had a ‘touch of envy’ looking on at the way Neil Lennon guided the club to a victory against Lazio on Thursday night, writing in his regular Daily Record column this weekend.
The Bhoys picked up a famous and historic victory away to the Serie A side in the Europa League.
It was the first time that we’ve ever won away in Italy. The three points also ensured that a Scottish side progressed to the knockout stage of a European competition with two games to spare for the first time ever.
It’s the kind of European performance that was pretty rare under Rodgers, with a 3-0 win away to Anderlecht standing out as the crowning achievement of our travels under the now Leicester City boss.
Sutton thinks he could have been a touch jealous as a result.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I wondered what Rodgers himself was thinking.
“Celtic’s former manager is doing a terrific job at Leicester just as he did at Parkhead. But he must have watched that with a touch of envy.
“For all of Rodgers’ brilliance and dominance of the domestic silverware, that was the type of European performance he could not get the Hoops to achieve on the road.”
Lennon more than holding his own
When Lennon was given the permanent job back in May in the wake of our treble-treble triumph, it wasn’t wholly received as a positive by Celtic fans.
There was a perception amongst some that the Scottish champions were lowering standards in comparison to the Premier League quality Rodgers.
However, Lennon’s record shows he is more than holding his own, both at home and abroad.
We’ve, rather incredibly, gone undefeated in our last six matches away from home in European competition. That’s a standard incredibly rare for a Scottish team.
Also top of the league despite a challenge from the strongest Rangers team in years, it’s clear Lennon has proved he is the right man for the job.
Whether Rodgers is a touch envious or not is irrelevant, but Sutton’s comparison of the two managers is sound. No standards have slipped at Celtic Park.
If anything, we’re better.