CELTIC have strongly condemned the chants allegedly aimed at Brendan Rodgers that have appeared on social media.

Hoops supporters were stunned on Tuesday when the Irishman quit as Parkhead boss to join Leicester City at a crucial stage of the season with the team eight points ahead in the pursuit of their eighth successive Premiership title and with a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hibs coming up at the weekend.

Feelings were running high among the followers with the news Rodgers, after only 33 months in the job, had walked out on the champions.

A video has emerged online showing fans allegedly chanting about the ex-gaffer in a pub.

Celtic said in a statement: “We have no knowledge of who these individuals are, or any connection they have to Celtic, but one thing is certain, such disgusting and pathetic behaviour would never have any place at our club and, of course, we condemn this completely.

“As we have already said, we thank Brendan for his outstanding and historic contribution to the club and we wish him well for the future.

“We welcome Neil Lennon back to Celtic and now is the time to move forward.”

The returning Hoops chief celebrated a winning comeback when Odsonne Edouard’s volley in stoppage-time gave them a 2-1 victory over Hearts in Edinburgh – only 24 hours after his appointment as interim manager.

The chants came before the game at Tynecastle where fans held up a banner criticising Rodgers which read: “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt, always a fraud.”

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