Ex-Rangers manager gives Neil Lennon his support over fan 'moans'

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has given his support to former dugout sparring partner Neil Lennon, after sections of the Celtic support complained and criticised the permanent appointment of the Northern Irishman to the manager’s job.

Following Celtic securing a historic treble treble with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final, it was announced an hour after full time that Neil Lennon was offered the Celtic job on a permanent basis.

The news was greeted by anger, despondency and outrage from some elements of the Celtic support - over not only the timing of the announcement, but also Lennon being appointed in what they saw as a ‘cheap option’.

However, former Rangers striker Ally McCoist hit out at ‘moaning’ Celtic fans saying that Lennon deserved to get the job after helping Celtic to another domestic treble following the shock departure of Brendan Rodgers in February.

Speaking to talkSPORT, McCoist said: “He’s been offered the job, and I would say most of the Celtic supporters are delighted with it, but some of them are having a moan – typical! That’s just amazing, only in Glasgow!

“In my opinion, when he took over the job he had just about everything to lose and not a lot to gain, because Celtic were so far in front. He was criticised, wrongly in my opinion, for their drop of form and the style of Celtic’s play this year.

“I felt clearly Celtic weren’t playing at the same level as they were in the year before, but I think the signs Celtic’s form had dipped came well before Neil went back to Celtic. I think he deserves absolutely enormous credit for getting them over the line.”

Celtic won their eighth league title in a row with their nearest challengers, Rangers, nine points behind in second place. Before they saw off Hearts at Hampden on Saturdayto win what was their ninth domestic trophy in a row. Celtic had won the League Cup at the start of December, under Rodgers, with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

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