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Exhausted Neil timed Hoops exit perfectly

By Stuart mckinley

Some might say that Neil Lennon should have stayed at Celtic. He was in a safe seat there, winning three league titles in four years and with Rangers trying to fight their way back into the Scottish Premiership, the Hoops were likely to dominate for a few years yet.

So why leave when things were going so well?

At the time Lennon's line was: "I feel the time is now right to move on to a new challenge."

If the truth be told, the challenge of managing Celtic - and everything that entails - had worn him out.

He was attacked on the touchline by a Hearts fan and parcel bombs addressed to him were intercepted by Post Office staff. Both issues got to him and the Glasgow goldfish bowl became too much.

Keys players were being sold or were about to be offloaded, thus leaving the club less equipped to compete in Europe - just look at how his successor Ronny Deila has struggled in the Champions League and Europa League.

If anything, Lennon's timing meant he got out while the going was good.

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