Exclusive: Kevin Phillips drops Celtic dressing room reveal, claims Lennon fuming
Kevin Phillips has claimed his old pal Neil Lennon will be “angry” and “bitterly disappointed” after Celtic were knocked out of the Europa League by Copenhagen on Thursday night.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the manner of the goals conceded by the Hoops will have angered the manager after being “fairly solid” defensively for most of the season.
After leaving Denmark with a 1-1 draw last week the Bhoys went into the second-leg at Parkhead clear favourites but a late flurry from the visitors saw the score finish 3-1.
Copenhagen took the lead shortly after half-time. A mistake from Jozo Simunovic punished by Michael Santos.
Odsonne Edouard equalised with ten minutes to go but hope was shortlived. Pep Biel and Dame N’Doye securing the win for the away side in the last five minutes.
When asked how Neil Lennon would have reacted to the defeat, Phillips told Football Insider: “I have been in his company a couple of times and he will be angry, disappointed – a bit of everything going through his mind.
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“To be at home and concede goals the way that they did, having been fairly solid for most of the season in that department. He will be bitterly disappointed. It coincides with getting knocked out.
“You could see by their reactions it is a big blow for Celtic because you would have fancied them going into the two legs.
“Extremely disappointing and now they need to concentrate on the league and get the league wrapped up as soon as they can to make everything feel a little bit better.”
Old Firm rivals Rangers progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League on Wednesday when they beat Braga 1-0 in Portugal.
Attention will now be turned to domestic matters as the Hoops travel to St. Johnstone for the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.