Celtic captain Scott Brown has backed Neil Lennon for the “flawless transition” since he took over from Brendan Rodgers in late February.
The Northern Irishman took over after his compatriot jumped ship to Premier League side Leicester City days before a crunch league fixture away to Hearts. But Lennon won that fixture and has since gone from strength to strength – in a run that culminated in last Thursday’s exceptional win away to Lazio.
Brown doesn’t forget the work done by his former boss but he also realises that Lennon deserves huge credit.
“Brendan did incredible for us, he showed us things and a way we could play and took everyone to a new level,” Brown said on Wednesday, as reported by talkSPORT.
“But Neil has come in yet again and has done exactly the same thing. It’s been a flawless transition, and the manager loves the club.
“He’s bounced off [what Rodgers achieved], but he’s also got his own ideas about how we want to play too.
“As long as we keep winning things everyone will be happy.”
Did Brown take a sly dig at Rodgers?
Some deeply cynical Celtic fans may wonder is Brown’s comments on Lennon’s love for the club are a sly dig at Rodgers. That could be the case – we can’t see into Brown’s mind after all. But history tells us that it’s just a throwaway comment.
The truth is that Brown has been nothing but complimentary about his former boss since he left.
Back in February, just days after Rodgers made his decision, Brown insisted that there were no hard feelings over his exit.
“It is always going to be a shock when a manager leaves a club,” he told the Daily Record. “But we need to just continue what we are doing.
“He has left us in a great situation. We have won seven trophies out of seven since he came in and now we need to make sure that we need to keep going on for him as well.”
Brown’s feelings won’t be shared by the majority of the Celtic support who rightly feel that Rodgers stabbed them in the back. But it’s easy to see why the 34-year-old may be a little bit biased when it comes to the former Liverpool boss.
Rodgers practically saved his career when he came to the club in 2016. Brown was going nowhere and looked finished in his early 30s. Now he is still one of our most crucial players. He won’t have forgotten that.