Neil Lennon resigns as Celtic manager

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Neil Lennon has resigned as Celtic boss following a dreadful season which sees the Parkhead side out of the Europa League, the Betfred Cup and languishing behind Rangers in the League.

Lennon, who was in his second spell as manager, answered Celtic’s calls for stability in 2019 after Brendan Rodgers left the club, but results have fallen off a cliff this season.

Tensions have been high since before the New Year, when poor results began mounting, including three consecutive 4 goal defeats in the Europa League, as well back-to-back Old Firm losses.

The club now sit 18 points behind Rangers in the Premiership, who only need 7 more points to clinch their first title since 2011.

A spokesperson for Celtic said: “Neil has served the club with distinction as both player and manager, delivering numerous successes, most recently completing the Domestic Treble in December.

“In his second period as Celtic manager, he has achieved five trophy successes, to add to his three League titles and two Scottish Cup victories in his first period as manager.”

Neil Lennon said: ““We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously. 

“I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn things around, but unfortunately we have not managed to get the kind of run going that we have needed.

 “I have always given my best to the Club and have been proud to deliver silverware to the Celtic supporters. The Club will always be part of me. I will always be a Celtic supporter myself and I will always want the best for Celtic.

“I would like to thank so many people at the Club who have given me so much and I would also like to thank my family for their love and support. I wish the Celtic supporters, players, staff and directors nothing but success for the future.”

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