In the wake of Celtic’s less-than-ideal European performances, garnering only one point in this season’s Champions League campaign, manager Neil Lennon responded to queries about the team’s record, including a remark about Brendan Rodgers’ ‘one win in 33’ in Europe.
Lennon, displaying class and respect, stated, “I am not going to sit here and criticize Brendan or his European record,” in an interview with PLZ Soccer. He acknowledged Rodgers‘ significant contributions to the club and expressed optimism about elevating Celtic’s performance in Europe during Rodgers’ second stint.
While the primary goal remains securing another league title, Lennon emphasized that progressing in European competitions poses the most significant challenge. Acknowledging the need for changes, he highlighted the importance of strategic moves in the transfer market, bringing in proven quality players to enhance the squad’s capabilities.
Lennon also suggested that Rodgers could enhance adaptability, particularly in terms of formation, to address the unique demands of European competitions. The discussion delved into the comparison with Martin O’Neil’s blueprint at Celtic 25 years ago, and the acknowledgment that for sustained success, adjustments and evolution are vital.
“You mentioned it’s 25 years on (from Martin O’Neil’s blueprint at Celtic),” said Peter Martin. “But he (Rodgers) is one win in 33 in Europe.”