Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey feels that the Hoops have become a more exciting team to watch during Neil Lennon’s time in charge compared to the Brendan Rodgers era.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, the 63-year-old said that he prefers what he feels is the more direct approach of Celtic under Lennon in comparison with the patient build-up play often seen under Rodgers.
While the current Leicester manager won seven trophies during his spell at Parkhead from summer 2016 to February 2019, Celtic completed a third successive domestic treble under Lennon after he came back for a second spell in charge of the Hoops.
McGarvey told The Scottish Sun: “Celtic have done very well under Neil Lennon. He knows how to manage there and he’s got off to a brilliant start — except for the Champions League KO.
“Brendan Rodgers was a very good manager and he’s proving that at Leicester, but I didn’t like his passing out from the back.
“Lennon’s teams get the ball forward quicker and they make chances and score goals — and the Celtic fans like that. It’s more exciting than it was under Rodgers.”
Despite McGarvey’s suggestion that Celtic are more exciting under Lennon compared to Rodgers, they have actually been slightly less prolific in front of goal and kept it tighter at the back with the current manager than with his predecessor.
Rodgers had 169 games in charge of Celtic, during which they scored 377 goals (2.23 per game) and conceded just 136 (0.8 per game). [via TransferMarkt]
In the 14 matches that Lennon had last season after replacing Rodgers, the Hoops scored 20 goals and conceded only six. In 20 games so far this campaign, they have scored 54 times and shipped 17 goals.
That gives the 48-year-old a record of 74 goals for and 23 against in 34 matches during his current tenure, which averages out at 2.18 goals scored and 0.68 goals conceded per game.
Therefore, while McGarvey may find Celtic more exciting under Lennon, the goals statistics would suggest that they were actually more open in their play during Rodgers’ time in charge.
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