Celtic boss Neil Lennon made a bold claim following the Hoops’ 1-1 draw with Rennes in the Europa League.
He thinks that the current Hoops side are better than the one he managed in his first spell as Celtic boss, between 2010 and 2014.
“This team is superior”
“I think this team is superior to the team I had maybe seven or eight years ago. On the back of what the players have achieved domestically over the past three or four years we have the makings of a good side” he said, as reported by BBC Sport.
Will the Celtic support agree with the Hoops boss’ claim? Domestically at least, the current Hoops side does seem superior to the one Lennon had in his first spell as manager.
During Lennon’s first spell as manager, the team didn’t manage to win the domestic treble. Of course, this current Celtic side has won three domestic trebles in a row.
Yet to emulate previous side’s success in Europe
It may be a different story when it comes to European football though. The current squad has not had the success in Europe that Celtic had in Lennon’s first spell.
The current side has never made progression to the last 16 of the Champions League for example. Lennon’s Celtic side achieved this back in 2012-13.
Perhaps the current Celtic side has the makings of a good team, especially when it comes to Europe. However, the proof will be performances on the pitch, and so far they have yet to hit the heights of Lennon’s team in his first spell in charge.
However, this particular Celtic team, with the likes of Fraser Forster, Christopher Jullien and Hatem Abd Elhamed, has only been together since the start of the season.
That team has a good chance of being an excellent side in the next few seasons, if it is not broken up. However, as yet, perhaps it is premature to claim it is superior to the Celtic team than Lennon formerly managed.