Brendan Rodgers has revealed he’s ‘saddened’ by Neil Lennon’s resignation as Celtic manager, following the announcement of his departure from the Scottish champions this morning.
Rodgers enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Glasgow side and guided Celtic to back-to-back domestic trebles, including an entire league season without defeat, before returning to the Premier League with Leicester in 2019.
Lennon was named as Rodgers’ replacement and won two league titles during his second spell as Celtic manager, but has resigned from his position with immediate effect following a disappointing campaign that has left the champions 18 points adrift of runaway leaders Rangers.
Rodgers admits he has been saddened to see his ‘friend’ and compatriot call time on his Celtic reign, though insists that Lennon’s achievements – winning 10 major trophies across two stints in charge – has ensured he leaves a lasting legacy with the club.
“I’m saddened when any manager loses their job, but in particular someone I can call a friend,” said Rodgers at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s a tough day for him and when it all settles down, he’s a legend of the club and his legacy there will be in tact forever.”
Celtic have appointed assistant coach John Kennedy as interim manager as the club consider their options, with names including Frank Lampard and former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe having been linked with the vacant position.