By Frank McAvennie

27th Aug, 2020 | 12:53pm

'I am going to be honest...' - Exclusive: McAvennie drops Celtic verdict as he savages board

Frank McAvennie has blasted Celtic for their “awful performance” against Ferencvaros as they crashed out of the Champions League and claimed fans are right to be savaging the board and Neil Lennon.

The Hoops legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs,  claimed that Lennon will be rueing a number of mistakes that led to the shock defeat.

A 2-1 home defeat to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros meant that the Glasgow giants have now failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League for the third year running.

The Bhoys will now drop into the Europa League and will not receive the greater financial benefits that Europe’s elite competition promises.

McAvennie bemoaned a number of mistakes last night and insisted that the fans have a right to be angry.

“An awful performance and the fans, quite rightly, are having a go at Neil and the board,” he told Football Insider.

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“I do not get last night. I was baffled with the game. Why was Scott Brown at left-back and Taylor in midfield when the first goal came? Ajer was behind Jullien… There was so many mistakes. It was not just the centre-forwards.

“I am going to be honest, the team that wanted it more won last night. Celtic did not want it. It is as simple as that.

“There was a lot of mistakes and I think Lenny will have laid in bed last night and thought about what he could have done differently but hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

Speaking after the loss, Lennon said: “I’m not saying Ferencvaros are a bad team – they’re not – but we had so much control we should have won.

“That doesn’t make us weak, it doesn’t make me weak, but people will cast aspersions.”

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