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‘Final season was absolutely abysmal’ ‘every single player got worse’ ‘a comprehensive disaster’ Lennon’s Stein like legacy under fresh attack

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Eight months after resigning as Celtic manager there is little sign of sympathy or forgiveness from many supporters towards Neil Lennon.

What went on inside the club last season remains the subject of speculation. After winning 11 successive domestic trophies Celtic stumbled to a 12th last December in the hangover from the previous term while surrendering the SPFL title by 25 points and failing to even reach the semi-finals of the cup tournaments that they’d dominated since 2016.

Since resigning Lennon has popped up in a few places to discuss what went wrong- at no stage has he acknowledged any failings on his own part. There was also Dubai.

A disastrous signing policy that brought in Hatem Abd Elhamed, Boli Bolingoli, Patryk Klimala, Ismaila Soro, Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti left the team more dependent than ever on the core that Lennon inherited from Brendan Rodgers.

Retrospectively we have learned that Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Kris Ajer and Olivier Ntcham all wanted away in the summer of 2020. Rather than move a couple on to refresh the squad Lennon retained them while ‘strengthening’ the side with high earners like Shane Duffy and Diego Laxalt.

The lack of fans was also a factor last season but Lennon has been quick to bite back at the online criticism aimed at him and the players.

When Lennon returns to management he can answer the doubters with the results he brings to his next club, eight months on from his ‘Stein-like’ success it seems that he might have to move to Israel to find a club prepared to put him back in the dug-out.

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