It was May 2014, Celtic fans were celebrating their 3rd consecutive Scottish Premier League title, having lost just one game in the top flight all season, and the awful news hit that Neil Lennon was leaving. Whilst today, the fans couldn’t be happier that he’s returned, almost five years ago his exit was impossible to bare.
Neil Lennon leaves Celtic http://t.co/4wwIbKdUQs (NM)
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 22, 2014
Lennon’s spell as the Parkhead gaffer started on a caretaker basis in March 2010, and it took just three months for him to be given the full-time gig at the famous Glasgow club. The 2010/11 season was his first full campaign at the club, and whilst he failed to win the league, winning the Scottish Cup kept him in a job. That season is still the most recent in which the Bhoys haven’t won the league, and they have Lennon to thank for starting up their success.
There were some incredible moments under Lennon in his first spell in charge. The win against Barcelona at Parkhead jumps to mind, as does that cup win in his first full season, but all good things must come to an end and for Lennon that came in May 2014.
The 47-year-old may be back in the game and back managing the green and white half of Glasgow, but the chances of it being a permanent move are slim, as the man who started their push for ten in a row won’t be the man to finish it.
You can see what the Bhoys had to say when Lennon left in 2014 here:
@celticfc Thanks for everything Neil, a true Celtic legend! HH
— James Hunt (@JimHunt73) May 22, 2014
@celticfc Usual tight fisted Celtic. Cost us a great Celtic Man.
— 1888 (@lennonspassion) May 22, 2014
@celticfc sorry to see u go Neil could have done 10 in a row been immortal
— john (@boylejohnnie) May 22, 2014
— Steven Groves (@stevegroves1979) May 22, 2014
@celticfc thanks for the memories you gave us. Good luck in all that the future holds. God bless
— Theresa O'Neill (@treeby3) May 22, 2014
— martin ben moreh (@MMoreh) May 22, 2014
@celticfc I’m gonna miss you Neil
— Dylan Mackay (@fuccboijesus) 22 May 2014
The disappointment at Parkhead when Lennon left the first time around was impossible to hide, yet it’s hard to imagine him getting a similar response this time around. Yes, he’s a legend, but is beginning to look past it and will surely only be a safe pair of hands until the board can move for a more ambitious target.
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