SCOTT BROWN has told Celticfc.net he and the players have to take responsibility for Neil Lennon departing the club this week.
The manager resigned after two years back in the role after a horror season.
The team has not been good enough and the manager has not help things along the way. From lack of a game plan to baffling team selections, it’s all contributed to where we are in the league.
The Celtic captain put the blame at the door of himself and the players and believes they are the ones who have let down the manager and the support this term.
‘It’s been a difficult season in a lot of ways, so you’ve got to feel sorry for the manager. We’ve got to take responsibility.
‘It’s a sad day to see him leave but it’s because we’ve not been playing as well as we can on the park.”
Brown continued:’Even after he left Celtic as manager the first time, we kept in contact all the way through, and it was great to see him come back.
‘It’s obviously a hard decision for him as well to leave the club that he loves and that he wants to do well. He always wanted Celtic to win week in, week out, whether he was manager or not.
‘Neil won another Treble for us – he won the quadruple Treble, which we picked up against Hearts, and he’s got great passion for the club.
‘He’s given 15 to 20 years to this club and he deserves respect, and also praise for what he’s done for the club and the success he brought us.
‘I probably wouldn’t still be captain at Celtic if it wasn’t for Neil Lennon. He kept me on after Tony Mowbray left, and he was a breath of fresh air when he came in.’
Celtic begin life without Neil Lennon this weekend against Aberdeen where his former number two John Kennedy will take charge of the side. Kennedy has the job until the end of the season at which point the support are looking for an inspired hire for the next Celtic boss.
Right now, it remains to be seen who Celtic will ultimately shortlist for the role.
Dominic McKay will certainly be having a say before he officially takes the job in July.