Celtic icon Frank McAvennie has reacted to Neil Lennon’s resignation, admitting he is ‘pleased for Lenny’.
The Northern Irish tactician walked away from his post this week – days after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County which left the Hoops 18 points behind arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.
His assistant, John Kennedy, has stepped into his shoes until the end of the season when new chief executive Dominic McKay will be officially at the helm and ready to appoint a replacement.
Hoops fans to turn?
The supporters were keen to see Lennon leave and held mass protests in the hope that the board would dismiss him from his duties, which went on for several months.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie believes that the timing was right for Lennon to leave, but also feels that the anger from the Green Brigade and co will now be diverted towards the players.
“I am pleased for Lenny because every time I saw him on television I worried for his health,” he said. “It was time for him to go.
“I think the fans will forget this and remember Lenny for all the good he has done for the club.
“The fans will turn on the players now because the manager has gone. Even if they start playing well, questions will be asked as to why they didn’t perform better all season because they should have been performing for themselves and performing for the fans. It is not about Lenny.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
From now until the end of the season, we feel it’s important that Celtic wipe the slate clean and plan their transfer activity well in advance. If the Hoops can find some form and plot out some genuine upgrades to the squad in the mean time, we suspect fans will be more than happy.
On top of this, Kennedy may even be considered as the next manager on a permanent basis, which may mute some of those disgruntled feelings that echoed right through the 2020/21 campaign.
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