NEIL LENNON has been SACKED by Celtic – and the departure will be made official when the Stock Exchange opens later this morning.

The axe has fallen on the beleagured manager after a catastophic season that has seen the bid for the historic tenth successive title end amid the rubble of some inexplicable performances and unacceptable results.

The Sunday night defeat from Ross County, who started the evening as the worst team in the Premiership, finally persuaded the board to pull the plug on the club legend.

Lennon has won 10 championships at the Parkhead side – five as a player and five as a manager – but, unfortunately, this was a campaign too far for the 49-year-old Irishman in his second stint in the hot seat.

The gaffer was told the news late last night following a round of crisis talks from the board. It will be made official later today and No.2 John Kennedy will be put in charge until the end of a wretched season.

The Hoops are 18 points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox men with only eight games left to play. Four defeats and seven draws put paid to Celtic’s quest to take their record-equalliing nine successive crowns into double figures.

The players were unaware of the stunning turn of events last night and will be told the news on an official basis when they arrive at Lennoxtown this morning as they prepare for the game against Aberdeen at Parkhead on Saturday.

LOOKING DOWN…Neil Lennon can’t bear to watch as his players toil in Dingwall.

APPEAL…Neil Lennon implores his team to better efforts.

SHOUTING MATCH…Neil Lennon looks far from pleased.

PROPHETIC…the trackside advertising says it all – and it’s time up for Neil Lennon.

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