McAvennie names the three Celtic players 'fuming' Lennon was talking about
Frank McAvennie has named and shamed three former Celtic players who caused problems for Neil Lennon last season.
The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Lennon should have sold the trio at the start of last season.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun (10 October), Lennon claimed that some players pulled out of games when fit during his final season in charge at Parkhead.
During that season, the Hoops’ title defence crumbled and allowed Rangers to storm the league with Lennon eventually losing his job in February.
McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and is well connected at his former club, claims Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard, who all moved on this summer, are the players Lennon is referring to.
“Ajer, Christie, they didn’t want to play,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“That’s who Lennon was talking about. I said that through all of last season. Look at Edouard in that first Palace game too.
“When he made his debut, he did more in 20 minutes than he did for Celtic last season.
“I could see that desire back, that wasn’t there last season. I criticised those players all of last season.
“Anyone who knows football can see when players aren’t trying. Ajer and Christie wanted to go.
“Lennon should have let them go, he sounded furious, they were never going to give their all for the club.
“Now they have got their moves and they aren’t fixing the mess they caused.”
All three players moved to England with Ajer and Edouard joining Brentford and Crystal Palace respectively.
Christie moved to Championship side Bournemouth and has become a regular starter under Scott Parker.