Ebene Magazine – Neil Lennon will leave Celtic with John Kennedy to take interim responsibility following the loss to Ross County

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Ebene Magazine - Neil Lennon will leave Celtic with John Kennedy to take interim responsibility following the loss to Ross County

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Neil Lennon will leave Celtic after his team lost 1-0 in Ross County on Sunday evening.

It is expected that the Lurgan man will quit the managerial job within 24 hours of the crisis talks left the club hierarchy after a fourth loss in the Scottish Premier League season.

Celtic was 18 points behind Rangers, the runaway leaders, and put the Light Blues on course for a possible title party as the teams split met at Celtic Park on March 21.

It was a disastrous campaign for Celtic when their attempt to win an unprecedented 10-straight championship quickly turned sour. The misery was compounded by early eliminations from the Champions League, Europa League and even the Scottish League Cup. also in the hands of Ross County.

After that November defeat, fans had called for a managerial hot seat change, and ironically, almost three months later, it is a loss to the same opponent that put an end to Lennon’s second stint in charge .

Lennon has led the club to five titles during his two terms as manager and in his last term completed the four-way triplet begun by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

His deputy general manager John Kennedy will temporarily assume responsibility before a permanent replacement is found. Kennedy and Steve Clarke are the first favorites to become the next permanent Celtic manager. Rafael Benitez, Eddie Howe and Roberto Martinez are also among the top bookmakers.

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