Neil Lennon era ends


Neil Lennon ‘got’ Celtic.  He was a rookie appointment, and the early weeks were far from comfortable, a Hampden defeat to Ross County looked like an ominous early sign, but from the start of his first preseason he didn’t look back.

He was a hugely successful Celtic manager in Scotland and in Europe.  The Barcelona team of the last six years, possibly the greatest team in history, were at their peak when they visited Celtic Park in November 2012. Neil came up with the game plan which brought Celtic victory and raised our profile across Europe.

What he had to endure off-field during his time at Celtic was atrocious and a blight on our society.  But he overcame it.  He stuck it out when you or I may have left, and now he leaves on his own terms – an undisputed winner.

More at another time on who next, but if we get a man nearly as capable we will be doing well.

Take care, Neil.

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  1. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    BRTH etc.



    1. You are bang on with your assessment of the Scottish media. What I find really sad is the fact that after all these years and everything that has happened, from ‘Thugs and Thieves’ to the deferential sycophancy shown towards David Murray, to the reporting of Sevco’s demise, to Neil Lennon’s ‘style of play’, to Neil Lennon’s ‘provocative hairstyle’ to Neil Lennon being responsible for ‘bringing it on himself’, you find the need to tell Celtic supporters to be wary of what they read in the SMSM. That, my friend, is sad and does not reflect well on us.



    2.”Of course if Scottish Football changes its status, strengthens its product, is administered properly, gives itself a shake and actually seeks to improve its European standing then things may change”. I agree, but it all begins with being “administered properly”. Nothing will change without that. The SFA is at best incompetent, corrupt at worst. Yet I see no person or Club willing to call them out. The fact Campbell Ogalvie is still at its helm after everything that has happened over the past few years says it all.



    3. I agree with you on the likely reasons for Neil’s departure: he didn’t want to put himself and his family through the grief that would come their way the season after next IF Sevco can gain promotion to the Premier League. Grief that would likely lead to comments such as, ‘he brings it on himself’. What an indictment on Scotland and its society, culture and values. Yet there are folks amongst our support who will vote for independence. If this happens the country will become even more of a parochial backwater than it is already, with no checks and balances to executive power, a corrupt fourth estate and out of site and mind of a wider international audience. The though terrifies me.

  2. Serious point.



    If the new manager gets this squad intact, why wouldn’t they be able to get through the cl qualifiers.



    I feel they got better the longer the season went on, and can do better next time round.



    I trust them.




    And Henrik.

  3. Monaghan1900 on

    Abuse of NL FF all to do with religion or ethnicity:



    “Scotland Tonight


    What a mistake I made by starting to watch it, apparently he only got abuse because he is a poor Northern Irish Catholic…. I actually couldn’t care less what religion he is or where he’s from”




    “Niall McGinn & Paddy McCourt”[were never abused.]




    “ST is a disgrace of a show. Made by tarriers for tarriers.”




    “they never miss an opportunity to play the victim card.”




    “The media is full of Fhilth”




    ” He was booed in his first game in Scotland at Dundee simply because he was a catholic from Ireland…..Was Souness not booed in his first game away to Hibs?”

  4. 50 shades of green supports wee oscar and his family.h.h.wee mhan on

    So on to the 64,000 dollar question .



    WHO ?? ( and how much will he/they cost )



    ok thats 2 questions.



    Plenty of names banded about, the ones that require us to make a settlement fee to another team can largely be ignored, so no Jose then ( good ) .



    We might/should or maybe could just about cover the cost of the Koks contract so thats a maybe, that begs the question would he work with Peter ( Houston not lawwell ),if yes then there you have it.


    Henke with Peter as the ( overseer ) and John Kennedy as first team coach.



    But with Lisbon on this weekend , nothing will happen till Mon or Tuesday Imo .



    P.s the above is only my view and not to be taken to the bookies ( i have been wrong before ) :-)




  5. BRTH 08.34


    I agree with everything you’ve said but i think most on here already knew that tho’ there’s no harm in reminding us about it.


    Like most things in life we are “played” by somebody whether it’s at work, politics or just life.


    The challenge is recognising it.



  6. Got this news late yesterday. Initially surprised about Neil’s decision but the longer I thought about it I realised it was either now or almost never. Any reason to leave later would be seen as avoiding the challenge, assuming the SMSM’s only perceived competition do reach the top league.



    I have loved Neil’s time at Celtic both as player and manager. Some great games, some brilliant moments and of course some less so – but it is unrealistic to believe that all could be good.



    Considering all the disgraceful things that went on around him, that he endured while retaining an open, reasonable and responsible attitude is a massive plus to him.



    Thank you Neil for all that you brought to and did for Celtic. All the best to you and your family in the future. I look forward to seeing you when you no doubt visit Paradise sometime in the future.






  7. marrakesh express



    09:08 on 23 May, 2014



    It was ripping out of Waddell last night, a hurting hun who couldn’t help himself with snide remarks, he knows he brings nothing to the table except silly comments about seats. Rancid hun who knows there’s nothing they can do to stop our domination.


    McGlone was class who will never be asked back on tv because he told it the way it is, HH

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Glad you made the FC PLC distinction. They don’t go hand in hand.



    Thanks …at least I am not entirely loathed ;-)



    Not that it matters. I will still be keeping an eye on our PRESENT poor custodians.




  9. Monaghan



    “Was Souness not booed in his first game away to Hibs?”



    Yes I believe he was, and not long into that game, we found out why……..

  10. Don’t agree with appointments based on emotion or connection with the club. Worked with Lennon, failed with Mowbray. Larsson hasn’t done nearly enough for me to convince me he’s suitable. Maybe one day, not now.



    However, if Neil was unsure of the budget, it doesn’t bode well. We’ll probably end up with McNamara although the former Brighton coach is an interesting link…

  11. Monaghan



    Much like their ‘landscaping’ of Manchester their murderous intent for Neil was in the main glossed over and likened to fat Sally jibes…Banter!



    A disgrace from beginning to end.

  12. Weeminger. The timing is an insult to our intelligence. When Dolph left the writing was on the wall. Then we hear about DD telling a golfer a few days ago. So why wait until the season book deadline ends. I renewed too. I feel disgusted with my own stupidity.

  13. neganon2



    09:26 on 23 May, 2014



    What’s renewing your ST got to do with who the manager is ?

  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Sorry just noticed the Emirates in the background so obviously not the bloody airport unless the Celtic way doubles as a runway for private jets!!!

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Hope DD got his tea break at 8.30 this morning.

  16. Monaghan1900 on

    twists n turns


    09:21 on


    23 May, 2014



    Yes I believe he was, and not long into that game, we found out why……..




    Only time I remember him kicking someone (George McCluskey) who was both standing up and facing him at the time.

  17. BRTH



    “It is understood that one of his major concerns was about his playing budget.”



    BBC Shortbread ran with this line in the 12 noon news yesterday just as the story was breaking. I’ve heard it repeated in just about every BBC sports news bulletin since then. Despite every Tom, Dick and Harry having had their say on reasons for Lennon’s departure – including his biographer Martin Hannan being quoted on Shortbread this morning saying that the off-field pressure on Lennon and his family was a significant factor in the decision – still they continually return to the same pre-prepared and unattributed line rather than an actual quote from someone who may just be in the know.



    As you say, we are being played.

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    If we are to believe the PLC worshippers with regards the carefully controlled departure of Neil Lennon then you have to as thick as pig shinola not to arrive at the conclusion that the huns unstoppable procession to the top is pre determined.



    Neil Lennon is not that stupid.




  19. Top of the morning to you all from a fair, cloudy Fife where the sun is trying its best to make an appearance.




    BRTH “But don’t expect some in the MSM to tell you any of that or point out the failings of Scottish football and society.”





    We don’t expect that and we don’t expect our club to do so either which is a shame.



    I was told some time ago by a fairly high-profile Celtic family figure that he had been advised by the police that some of the Rangers fans groups had his card marked and they the police were concerned that the threats they knew of were real.



    The police told him in confidence and asked him to keep this confidential as it was gained by intelligence from a source that could be compromised with disclosure.



    I have heard a lot of similar tales lately. Tales about Celtic advising people that they did not want to be seen to be critical of Rangers because of the possibility of violence to their staff/fans if this angered the violent bears.



    If this is true, and I only know of it second-hand, then the club by working “under the radar” or whatever other equphemism is used for being frightened into silence, are doing us and society a disservice.



    The club should tell it like it is, for otherwise the bullies have won and will keep on winning.



    The only way to demolish the myth of sectarian strife being a part of the old firm problem (Martyn McLaughlin in Scotsman this morning) i.e. one’s as bad as the other is to speak out about anti-Irish, anti RC violence or threats of it.



    Tell it like it is Celtic even if the SMSM won’t.




  20. twists n turns



    09:12 on 23 May, 2014



    Awe Naw, Ernie, neganon



    All posted within 3 minutes of each other. Probably regarded on here as 3 of the most outspoken, vociferous anti board posters on CQN.



    For me, 3 of the biggest Celtic supporters who frequent this board, and who have the best interests of the future of Celtic fc at heart.





    There is no doubt about that. If Neil Lennon was just a fan, I reckon he would be like these three and a good few more.



    Don’t speak up, too much or the societally manipulated group will batter you into submission.



    God Bless those that are continuously outspoken and always question things.

  21. Hun skelper. Not that much. But a statement on a lack of ambition or in celtics case acing to the bottom has everything to do with buying a season ticket. If celtic have ne desire to get better why should we still keep feeding them?



    They left it till now because we would see the truth.

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Were/are we played by the five way agreement and the TV deal ?




  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Testing ipad smiley…hehe…(just worked out how to get them ….)



  24. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Wher are they….shoite…

  25. neganon2



    09:26 on 23 May, 2014



    Under the sale of goods act you should get your money back. Just tell them you bought so you could watch Neil Lennon.

  26. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Are we being played with regards customer privacy and personal details being divulged ?




  27. When someone you love is playing you and you know it. Do you keep going? Do you ignore it? Just because you love them?



    Or do you show some self respect? Even though you know the pain it will cause?

  28. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Back to the drawing board….hahahahahahaha

  29. 50 shades of green supports wee oscar and his family.h.h.wee mhan on

    * hun skelper


    09:29 on 23 May, 2014





    09:26 on 23 May, 2014


    What’s renewing your ST got to do with who the manager is ?





    exactly mate



    we are Celtic supporters faithful through and through .




  30. Hey Tom Molach. Isn’t this celtic we are talking about?



    Have you read the terms and conditions.



    I would laugh but it’s not that funny……..

  31. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Are we being played with regards the clubs official statements ?




  32. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Are we being played with regards timing of announcements and ST sales ?