Neil Lennon is undoubtedly a Celtic legend.
Not only did he make over 250 appearances for the club as a player, captaining the Glasgow giants between 2005 and 2007, Lennon has now lifted eight trophies in two spells as Celtic’s manager too.
But that does not mean his return to Parkhead has been universally applauded. Lennon was appointed on a permanent basis by the Scottish Premiership champions at the end of the season, shortly after replacing Brendan Rodgers on an interim basis.
For some, however, Lennon’s return represents a lack of ambition and a failure to think outside the box. Especially when coaches like Phillip Cocu were ready and available.
A man who lead PSV Eindhoven to three Eredivisie titles, turning the likes of Hirving Lozano, Memphis Depay and Gini Wijnaldum into stars while masterminding some of the most exciting counter attacking football in Europe, Cocu is heading to Britain for the first time in his career after being unveiled as Frank Lampard’s successor at Derby County.
But Celtic fans are wondering what might have been. A coach with the class and the track record of Cocu could have taken The Hoops to the next level. Instead, they’ve settled for a ‘safe pair of hands’.
Philip Cocu is the Derby Manager. ♂️ https://t.co/zzYrWZaB8C— Tunes Celtic FC (@tunescfc) July 4, 2019
I see Cocu looks set to become the new Derby manager, does anyone know if Celtic spoke to him?— Jock McCruyff (@jockmccruyff) July 3, 2019
Cocu now the manager of Derby. Celtic missed out big time. #GoodlucktoCocu— Scott68 (@Graham6895) July 3, 2019
Be interesting to see how Philip Cocu goes at Derby, would have been a great shout for Celtic— Dave Bell (@daveydingalinga) July 3, 2019
Phillip Cocu to Derby. Great appointment.— Colm (@ColmCeltic) July 2, 2019
On to a winner with him ! Best of luck, when Cocu gets you promoted to EPL !— Celtic Symphony (@DM8883) July 5, 2019
Good appointment, someone Celtic should have spoken to— stephen r (@cardiffbhoy) July 4, 2019
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