Rangers have been denied the chance to rub their 55th league title in the face of Neil Lennon after Celtic confirmed the manager’s resignation on Wednesday.
With their hopes of winning a 10th Premiership title in a row all-but vanquished, Celtic announced on Twitter that Lennon has resigned from his position at Parkhead “with immediate effect”.
Celtic Football Club today announced that Neil Lennon has resigned from his position as Football Manager with immediate effect.
We thank Neil sincerely for all he has done for the club and we wish him every success going forward.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 24, 2021
Rangers are just seven points away from confirming themselves as champions of Scotland for a 55th time, meaning they’re on target to either win the title before they head to Celtic Park next month or win it in the East End of Glasgow.
That means it’s very likely Celtic will welcome Steven Gerrard and his players with a guard of honour on March 21, or hand over the trophy at full-time.
Lennon’s gone and won’t be there to bear witness to that, which is absolutely gutting from our perspective.
The Northern Irishman has been such a vital play in Rangers’ romp to the title this season with Celtic going from bad to worse to downright comical under his leadership.
Brendan Rodgers’ exit in February 2019 set the wheels in motion for Celtic’s demise and hiring Lennon, a manager who’d already left Parkhead several years before amid a failure to dominate all of Scottish football in Rangers’ absence from the top-flight.
He may have overseen a few cup wins and a tainted 2019/20 title, but Lennon ultimately saw the standard of players dip at Parkhead and that opened up a chance for Rangers to capitalise.
Gerrard was slowly building a dynasty at Ibrox and he now possesses a squad that could still be improved, but still one that is a helluva lot better than what Lennon built across the city.
Thank you Lennon, for the role you’ve played in our 55th title. It’s a shame you won’t be there on March 21 to see the guard of honour or see us confirm ourselves as champions.
You deserve better.
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