Hello, Goodbye, Hello again!26 May 2019
After securing a historic ‘treble-treble’, Celtic have re-hired former manager Neil Lennon after his successful spell in caretaker charge.
Once replacing Brendan Rodgers at the helm at Parkhead, Lennon lead the Hoops to success in both the Ladbrokes Premiership and the Scottish Cup.
Trailing to Hearts in the latter through a Ryan Edwards strike, the boys in green bounced back to take a 2-1 win via a double from Odsonne Edouard.
Celtic seemed lazy and lethargic in the first half and the beginning of the second, much of which was caused by the strict organisation and defensive nous from a resilient Hearts. Craig Levein, although still having to wait for a trophy as a manager or player, can be immensely proud of his side against a team much more financially backed than his own.
Celtic however, after losing what seemed to be the best thing since sliced bread in Rodgers in March, haven’t let up in their thirsty pursuit of trophies.
Lennon himself hasn’t had the most smooth running of years’, with his spell as Hibernian manager coming to a turbulent end. Disrespect to Lennon’s Irish roots and culture from opposing supporters caused the former Leicester player to resign with a heavy heart.
Hibs hadn’t been lighting any fires themselves, but there was no reason for Lennon to leave otherwise.
It’s difficult to see the vision from the Celtic board with this appointment though. Is Lennon just a manager to pass time from Rodgers to the next big-name, or is he employed to bring back the days of reaching Champions League knock-out rounds and beating Barcelona?
The issue with the Celtic job is that winning a domestic double or treble isn’t considered a major success. It has become such a norm that it becomes the most easy yet impossible job in world football.
After Lennon wins a few cups and titles in the next two seasons, the Hoops board should certainly try to push the boat out in their reputation level. Maybe a big-name player returning to manage like Henrik Larsson, or an even bigger name on a managerial level like Jose Mourinho.
Lennon certainly has a ticket to ride and can he work it out? The Celtic fans will surely twist and shout at his football but can he build a revolution? (I apologise for my pun based antics. For those who don’t know, there are four Beatles songs worked in there!)