Scottish football fans have been going into meltdown over Neil Lennon’s arrival at Parkhead.
On Saturday night, Lennon will continue his repair work at Celtic with a Scottish Cup quarter-final at Easter Road. Ironically, the match against Hibs sees Lennon return to Easter Road for the first time since he left Leith.
This, of course, all came after Brendan Rodgers controversially left Parkhead just days ago. And as you can imagine, some fans of Scottish football feel the timing is suspicious. Speaking on Twitter, here are some of the views of non-Celtic fans.
Could Lennon have engineered this whole process? Surely no 🧐#GGTTH
— Dubai Hibs (@HibsDubai) February 26, 2019
Is it just me but does anyone else think it was all a little to convenient Lennon quitting Hibs, Rodgers quitting Celtic then Lennon in at Celtic. Something stinks. 🙃
— Ogg (@OgenTheOgg) February 28, 2019
Wouldn’t surprise me if #lcfc approached Rogers weeks ago behind scenes & he was already aware he was off there. Probs gave Lennon heads up that Celtic job was coming up, hence the going ons at Hibs in Lennons last few weeks there. All seems very coincidental. Maybe I’m a cynic!
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) February 26, 2019
Strange how Neil Lennon left Hibs then all of a sudden Brendan Rodgers moves to Leicester, leads me into thinking that Lennon was informed while still at Hibs about this in advance so he'd be available to rejoin Celtic. Just a thought though. @BBCRadioScot
— James (@fab_seventies) February 28, 2019
Neil Lennon knew exactly what he was doing when he left Hibs.
— Isla Smith (@FuckOffTories) February 26, 2019
— David (@WeeLowry) February 27, 2019
Anyone else think Neil Lennon’s hibs exit was contrived? #Convenient
— Barry Long (@BroxyBaz) February 26, 2019
Scottish football’s Columbos are all coming out now. It was all clearly Lennon’s masterplan to fall out with Florian Kamberi just so he could leave Hibs. Because, after all, it’s not like he could’ve just resigned, is it?
In all seriousness, Lennon carried out a tremendous job at Hibernian. Getting them promoted and to two cup semi-finals, you would think some of the Hibs supporters would be a tad more grateful. It’s not as if Lennon up and ditched them like his fellow countryman did to us – Lennon’s exit was inevitable.
He’ll head to Easter Road looking to complete the job his employers have asked of him. It’s hardly a crime, and Lennon left Hibs with a stable squad that has therefore provided new manager Paul Heckingbottom with the simplest of jobs early on. Not much has needed to be tweaked at Hibs, and Heckingbottom has Lennon’s recruitment to thank for that.
But to claim Lennon’s exit from Easter Road was all one big conspiracy is surely a bit too House of Cards, is it not? Lennon seemed to cherish the work he was doing at Hibs, and simply wanted high standards.
On Saturday, Lennon will subsequently get the chance to stick it to Scottish football’s detectives with a huge Scottish Cup victory.