Celtic manager Neil Lennon is set to leave his post within 24 hours.
That’s according to The Scottish Sun journalist David Friel, a former employee at Celtic TV [Sun]. The news came around 10.30pm on the 23rd, just as a documentary on the club was being aired on Al Jazeera.
In the report, Friel stated that John Kennedy was to take over Lennon’s responsibilities, with Gavin Strachan staying on as Kennedy’s assistant.
The timing is eerie, as Neil Lennon rejoined Celtic two years ago this month. However, sitting 18 points behind Rangers, a decision had to be made. As yet, we don’t know whether it was voluntary on Lennon’s part. Equally, it could’ve been Ian Bankier, Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond who made the call.
Celtic legends and supporters alike have reacted to the shock news. The shock being in the announcement’s timing, with nothing coming from the club itself.
Many supporters have been critical of how the news broke, with The Scottish Sun hardly popular around Kerrydale Street. An official announcement from the club is likely to emerge in the morning of the 24th.
Neil Lennon leaves Celtic, Sutton and supporters react
Chris Sutton was one of the first to offer his condolences to Lennon, but stated that the manager “had to go”.
Neil Lennon had to go. I know this season has been a disaster but i hope after the anger settles down about this season that people respect that Neil has been a great servant to Celtic both as a player and manager.
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 23, 2021
Fans, of course, had a lot to say about the news.
I like Neil Lennon, but he has made absolute mockery of our club this season which should have been a great 10 in a row
— frank mc gee (@FrankMacAodha) February 23, 2021
Neil Lennon WAS a great servant to the club, but sadly for him that ship has sailed and sunk. No pity from me, he was paid a fortune #Celtic
— Colin Mcdevitt ®️ (@cocomcd78) February 23, 2021
When u hear the news about Neil Lennon pic.twitter.com/hswzLGxXLt
— Reece (@reecebaker1916) February 23, 2021
It’s about time
— GS89 (@garyshawsa) February 23, 2021
if the rumours are true, then I have one last thing to say about Lennon.
as much as I’ve slated him this season, I’ll still respect everything Neil Lennon has done for Celtic, both as a player, and a manager, it’s a shame it’s had to end this way, but regardless, cheers Neil. pic.twitter.com/nNvWcr9AgT
— 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭 🏴 #FreeMessi (@SebxstianVxttel) February 23, 2021
Neil Lennon has shown no respect towards celtic or the supporters. Respect can be earned and lost. It is not automatically afforded. NL was paid handsomely for his employment, he was no servant. He is a millionaire due to celtic
— thisdidnotgotoplan (@Itswayoverthere) February 23, 2021