The merits of the last two Celtic managers, Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers, are certainly worth discussing.
It is a fitting time to discuss the duo. It was almost one year ago that Lennon replaced Rodgers as manager, at first on a caretaker then on a permanent basis.
Rodgers, of course, walked out on Celtic to join Leicester City.
Current manager has taken club from strength to strength
Lennon has taken Celtic from strength to strength as Hoops boss this season. The team sit top of the league, have won the Betfred Cup and are in the last 32 of the Europa League.
A recent article on 67 Hail Hail showed how well the Hoops have performed this season, as the team have already scored more goal than in the entirety of last season.
However, it should not be forgotten that Rodgers won every domestic trophy – seven out of seven – he competed for his time at Celtic.
That begs the question, is Lennon a better manager for Celtic than Rodgers?
You can read sections of the transcript for a section of the video below:
Hamish: For me, if Brendan Rodgers was in charge this season, he’d stayed on in a hypothetical world, for a fourth year in a row, I don’t think we’d have won the league, because, from season one to season two to season three under Rodgers, we were going downhill.
John: You don’t think we would have won the league this season?
Hamish: Not this season, no.
John: He wouldn’t have been able to beat Steven Gerrard?
Hamish: Rodgers wouldn’t have had more points than Lennon has right now.
John: Brendan Rodgers was a brilliant manager for us. The way he left was a disgrace, but I’m not going to forget that he won every domestic trophy that he played for. He was a brilliant manager for us, one of our best ever.
Hamish: Lennon’s going to eclipse him.
Only time will tell if Lennon is going to eclipse the number of trophies Rodgers won in his time at the club.
Trophy haul between managers could shrink
So far he has won three, with who knows, perhaps another three to be won this season.
That would put him on six trophies after two seasons, only one behind the total won by Rodgers at Celtic. Should Lennon’s Celtic continue to play as well as they have been, then there is no doubt that he will be rated as a better manager than Rodgers.