Neil Lennon’s classy gesture to sacked Premiership manager

Neil Lennon has faced a barrage of criticism in the last couple of months owing to Celtic’s faltering form. However, the Irishman has addressed the slump and with a Quadruple Treble under his belt, he appears to have weathered the storm for now. A portion of the Celtic support wanted Lennon to be sacked but the board decided against it, opting to give the manager more time to cut the gap with Rangers.

However, one man that hasn’t been afforded any time is Stuart Kettlewell of Ross County. The Staggies boss inflicted a League Cup defeat on Celtic last month which lead to protests outside the ground about the board’s handling of the club but now, he has been replaced by John Hughes.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, Lennon revealed that during his preparation for Sunday’s Cup Final with Hearts, he took the time to phone Kettlewell and congratulate him for a successful spell in charge of the Highland club.

“I gave Stuart a call last Saturday and congratulated him on a really good first stint in his managerial career.

“He’s got his badge of honour. You’re guaranteed one thing in this job and that’s the sack at some stage. Hopefully he comes back stronger.”

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The classy gesture epitomises Lennon’s decency and that he was thinking of Kettlewell as he prepared for such an important game. Lennon became the first person in Scottish Football to win a Treble as a player and as a manager, cementing his place in footballing history. However, if he can go one step further and seal 10IAR then undying fame would surround his name.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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