"More a push than a walk"; Former Celtic man Scott McDonald makes Neil Lennon claim

By Euan Davidson

March 3, 2021

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has claimed Neil Lennon was pushed out of his job.

McDonald has offered his take on Lennon’s departure, as well as a range of issues surrounding Celtic.

With Neil Lennon leaving the club last week, there is plenty to talk about. McDonald spoke one-on-one with PLZ Soccer’s Peter Martin, and the two had an enlightening conversation about the Bhoys.

McDonald, who scored 59 goals in 117 Celtic appearances [Transfermarkt], is still playing professionally. The Australian striker is at Brisbane Roar, and has scored 3 goals in 8 games for the A-League side.

A lifelong Bhoys supporter, McDonald talked about big changes and the tenure of Neil Lennon.

McDonald said:

“The club has to really get on with it now. There’s going to be a lot of change between now and the beginning of next season. There’ll be a lot of players who need to be moved on.

“Whether that’s because they’re just not up to the challenge of being at Celtic Football Club, or players that don’t want to be there and try a new challenge after being there so long.

“They need to get a move on and plan ahead. It’s probably the right time now to look at a successor.

“There’s a lot of people in the background who hide in the background. When you’re the manager… you know the responsibility that holds. You’ve got to be the voice for the football club. Neil [Lennon] has done that as best as he could, in difficult circumstances.

“Having to speak when losing game after game, it’s not easy. And not getting a reaction as well, out of the players, he’s probably tried everything. Everyone’s seen that before Christmas time that it wasn’t [working]. It was always going to be up to the club itself to pull that plug.

“I think it was probably more a push rather than a walk.”

Ronaldinho and Scott McDonald / (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Scott McDonald offers thoughts on Celtic rebuilding after Neil Lennon

The former Motherwell and Middlesbrough man also talked about Celtic’s rebuilding needs. Star striker Odsonne Edouard looks set to leave in the summer, and there’s a strong chance of substantial turnover at the club for 21-22.

McDonald, however, stressed that a new manager may make more of a difference than scattergun transfer activity.

He continued:

“When Brendan Rodgers took over, there was talk of change from Ronny Deila’s team. [He] more or less took the exact same team, and look what he done with it.

“When a new manager can come in, there can be a huge different reaction. It just wasn’t working for Neil in the end.

“If there [are] players unhappy, Celtic have to look at cashing in.

“As we know, Celtic have done extremely well in previous transfer windows to hold out for big money. Edouard will be on that list, and it’ll be a matter of how much can they actually get.

“There’s going to be questions on Edouard, on Christie. McGregor will probably want to stay… to replace Scott Brown longer term. But are people going to  try to turn his head as well? I think there will be.

“It’s just a matter of Celtic picking and choosing which ones are right to stay and which ones aren’t.”

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