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Neil Lennon has stepped down as the manager of Celtic today after four years in charge of the Scottish champions.
During his time with the club, Lennon guided them to three league titles and two Scottish Cups.
Lennon also led Celtic to the last-16 of the Champions League during the 2012/13 campaign, beating Barcelona a long the way.
To many today’s news will not come as much of a surprise and I myself do not blame Lennon for wanting to move on with his career.
The 42-year-old has pretty much done everything he can for Celtic in my opinion.
Yes winning the league three times is a great achievement but the Scottish Premiership is lacking more quality now than it ever has.
Celtic have been able to stroll to the title each year since Rangers were sent back down the Scottish divisions. Hearts have now followed Rangers out of the top division leaving an even bigger gap in quality.
If Lennon were to stay on at Celtic and win the league again and again people would stop thinking of him as being a good manager as Celtic would more than likely win the league no matter who is in charge.
Even in the Champions League Lennon has done everything he can with Celtic. He managed to get them out of the group stages and into the last-16, which realistically is as far as they can reach depending on the luck of the draw.
Beating Barcelona at Celtic Park has to be one of the greatest achievement of all Celtic managers from the past and of the future.
Lennon should now move on into the Premier League or The Championship in England to keep building up his credibility as a manager.
If he can have success in England more and more people will respect and believe in him as a manager.
I admire Lennon for wanting to challenge himself beyond Celtic and not just sitting back and relaxing knowing his team will win the league anyway.
Beyond all of that Lennon is a great character, one that I would love to see going head-to-head with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal.
The press conferences would be a must-see that is for sure ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
I myself wish Lennon all the best, wherever he may end up next season!