'They still do Brendan Rodgers training'; Si Ferry's worrying Celtic claim

By John McGinley

November 23, 2020

Celtic are still doing training from the Brendan Rodgers days at Lennoxtown, former youth player Simon Ferry has claimed on Go Radio tonight.

As we know, there are serious question marks about the direction of the Bhoys under Neil Lennon right now.

A draw to Hibernian on Saturday was the last straw for many supporters.

The manager will still have some fans behind him, but he’s rapidly running out of fans who believe he can turn things around this season.

Now Ferry, who hosts the popular Open Goal podcast and has good connections in the game, has provided a bit of insight into the training process at Lennoxtown.

He told Go Radio tonight: “He went back to his old ways but it seems to me again it’s back to the Brendan Rodgers style.

“I know they still do Brendan Rodgers training, which worries me.

“If you’re the manager you can’t be doing someone else’s thing you need to do what you want to do.

“If he’s going to go out, he needs to do it in his own way.

“Whether he’s doing that or not with the people that are behind him I don’t know.”

I’m no football coach, so I have no idea how abnormal this is. Ferry is a current coach though and as a professional footballer is clearly bemused by this.

Why would Lennon be continuing with the same training from the Rodgers days almost two years down the line?

You could understand it in the wake of his immediate re-appointment mid-season. Why upset the routines they’ve been going through at the time?

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, you’d expect Lennon to have stamped his own authority on the squad, especially with new members of the backroom staff coming and going.

John Kennedy is the only first-team coach remaining from the Rodgers-era.

It’ll be interesting to see if Lennon is asked about this in a press conference this week. There could be a perfectly innocent reason.