Former Celtic legend Chris Sutton has backed his ex-team mate and friend Neil Lennon over the flack he has received since stepping in when Brendan Rodgers ditched the club.
In parts Sutton is correct, just sit down and really think about it, did Celtic improve season after season with Rodgers at the helm or did the Celtic squad slowly decline in form.
Everyone can say we dominated fully every season, but our form was definitely taking a slight dip as we never strengthened as in keeping our best players and making additions at the same time.
We lost a key player last summer and never replaced him, Dembele and Edouard were both beginning to form a lethal partnership in pre-season and if you believe everything that was said about Rodgers last summer it all makes sense, Dembele tried to warn us all about him as Brendan planned to leave for China until the deal fell through at the last minute, forcing him to stay.
Did you honestly think the board was going to fund a decent budget if Brendan could jump ship at any moment in the season, NO as they already spent nearly £9 million on Edouard and that was because Brendan Rodgers wanted it, so Rodgers is very much the main person to blame as he lost the trust of the Celtic board.
So no real additions and the season started, from the very first game of the season we all could see that something wasn’t right with the Celtic team, we started dropping silly points all the way until the defeat at Xmas, even then I’m confident the Celtic board knew Rodgers was looking at the jobs in England, that is why the main signings in the January transfer window were loans and players for next season, the board didn’t want to waste money on Rodgers and purely keep it for whoever was taking over in the coming season.
Sutton has a few things to say:
“Lennon is copping the flak for a stuttering end to the season but these people need to open their eyes. This hasn’t just happened in recent months – the rot had set in more than a year ago.
“Celtic already have more points than last season, so it’s not only this term. No one can deny Brendan Rodgers was an outstanding coach for Celtic and his success speaks for itself. You can’t argue with seven trophies on the spin.
“But he also allowed the club to regress over the last 12 months and has left a total mess for whoever is in charge to mop up in the summer.
“In fact, you could argue Celtic are in worse state now than when Rodgers came in on the back of Ronny Deila. There is an awful lot work required at the club but it’s extremely harsh to be aiming the negativity at Lennon.”