Harry Redknapp explains what everyone thought about Neil Lennon at Celtic

Celtic U-20s

Bolton manager Neil Lennon did great work at Celtic.

Speaking to the Standard, Harry Redknapp has explained what everyone thought about Neil Lennon whilst he was at Celtic.

He said: “Managers are often made scapegoats for poor squads. Neil Lennon was at Celtic and won everything. Everyone thought he was a genius. He goes to Bolton, they are stuck at the bottom of the Championship and he’s struggling. I like Neil but it shows how reliant on the players managers often are, even at the very highest level.”

Taking charge of Celtic was the first management role that Lennon enjoyed, with the Northern Irishman taking control of the team where he spent seven years as a player.

Whilst with the Bhoys, the 44-year-old enjoying a glittering four years, taking charge of 228 games and winning five trophies.

He picked up three league titles and two Scottish Cups, although he was aided by the liquidation of Rangers which made Celtic all-but guaranteed to win the Scottish Premiership.

Still, his team was impressive, and they performed well in European competitions, and the Bhoys look worse under Ronny Deila than they did under Lennon, who ended his tenure in 2014 with a 69.7% win percentage.

Since taking charge of Bolton, Lennon has found life much harder, winning just 18 of his 75 games with his team struggling for survival in the Championship.

He no longer has the reputation that he used to, and Lennon’s time at Bolton will be what really confirms whether he is the top class manager he suggested he was at Parkhead.

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