Celtic manager

Frank McAvennie was baffled by Neil Lennon’s behaviour on the Celtic touchline prior to his departure.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and St Mirren striker said the 49-year-old was not “shouting and bombing up and down” like he had in previous seasons.

Celtic announced on Wednesday morning that Lennon had resigned from his position as manager after a turbulent campaign both on and off the pitch.

Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker launched a scathing attack on Lennon after his exit by claiming no player improved under his management in the last 12 months.

McAvennie suggested the criticism from his ex-strike partner, Walker, was harsh.

“You cannot say none of the players improved,” he told Football Insider.

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“I thought in certain games they were awful and in certain games they were good.

“I don’t know if Lenny had it in his bones this year. When Lenny first took over as manager again he was shouting and bombing up and down the touchline. But that all stopped this season and I thought, ‘What’s the matter?’

“He just couldn’t get it across to the players that he didn’t like that slow, lethargic play.” 

Speaking on Lennon’s exit, Walker told Sky Sports: “I think the biggest criticism that you can level at Neil Lennon is just show me one player that has improved in the last 12 months under Neil Lennon?

“I don’t think I could find you one.”

In other news, McAvennie will ‘never forgive’ the Celtic players who ‘downed tools’ on Neil Lennon.