John Hartson worried about Rangers dominance as Lennon quits Celtic
John Hartson claims “there’s a danger” Rangers can become dominant in Scottish football if Celtic do not get their next manager appointment right.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Neil Lennon has resigned from his role as Celtic manager after failing to clinch the club’s 10th Premiership title in a row.
Rangers are just seven points away from confirming themselves as champions and are likely to either receive a guard of honour at Celtic Park next month or clinch title number 55 in the East End of Glasgow.
Hartson believes Lennon will remain a Celtic legend due to what he’s previously won at the club but claims his decision to quit Parkhead was the right one considering how far ahead Rangers are in the league.
“It’s probably the correct decision and I think now, Celtic can actively be looking for a new manager and a new team,” Hartson told Sky Sports on Wednesday.
“If they don’t, if they’re not proactive, there’s a danger Rangers could be the team to catch in the future – and that shouldn’t be the case. Celtic had a head of steam and it’s been one disaster from another this season.
“Neil Lennon has to be remembered as somebody who won numerous title as a player and numerous trophies as a manager. He will be respected and regarded as a legend at Celtic. He loves the club, Irish Catholic, supported the club but I think it was time to make the change.”
"There's a danger that Rangers could be the team to catch in the future."
John Hartson says it was the correct decision for Neil Lennon to resign as Celtic manager after a number of things going wrong this season.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) February 24, 2021
We haven’t even officially won the title yet and it seems Hartson is scared that Rangers can become a dominant force in Scottish football.
Celtic made the most of Rangers’ administration in 2012, winning every league title in their absence and continuing to dominate after the Gers returned to the top-flight a few years back.
But it just shows that once they were finally faced up against a team who can match them, they cannot face up to the challenge.
Celtic have become a selling club in recent years and their squad now is nowhere near as good as it was when Brendan Rodgers was there.
It’s one of the reasons why we’re going to win the title this season but let’s not forget the main reason is that we’re the best team.
Steven Gerrard has done wonders at Ibrox.
Yes, he’s still technically yet to win a trophy but he wasn’t taking over a team that was the finished article like Celtic.
Rangers cannot fall into the trap of selling their best players on going forward. They need a plan to assert themselves at the top and stay there for as long as possible.
And it seems Celtic fans are terrified that could actually happen.
In other Rangers news, there’s been a major update on Ryan Jack’s fitness ahead of playing Antwerp.