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‘Crumbling’: BBC pundit believes the end is near for this Celtic ’empire’

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‘Crumbling’: BBC pundit believes the end is near for this Celtic ’empire’

Celtic are out of the Europa League after yet another thrashing at the hands of the Czech side Sparta Prague. 

Neil Lennon’s side were hammered 4-1 in Prague, ending their European adventure for another season. 

It has been another difficult campaign on the continent for Celtic, who were dumped out of the Champions League qualifiers by Ferencvaros. 

 

For many, it seems that Celtic’s run as the leading force in Scottish football might be coming to an end. 

Rangers are well clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and have showcased superior form in Europe. 

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Indeed, as far as former Scotland international and BBC Sport pundit Michael Stewart is concerned, we are seeing the end of this Celtic ‘empire’. 

“The goals Celtic are conceding now wouldn’t have happened under Brendan Rodgers,” Stewart told BBC Sportsound. “This looks like the crumbling of an empire for Celtic. That could be the end of Neil Lennon at Celtic too. It’s hard to see a way back for him.”

There has been plenty of talk recently suggesting that Neil Lennon’s job at Parkhead might be in jeopardy because of the Bhoys’ patchy form this season and there is no doubt the Celtic boss has been let down by the performances of his players. 

Not many Celtic fans give particular credence to the opinion of Stewart, but he is certainly reflective of the outside view of the club at present. That Lennon, and perhaps even this crop of players, have taken the club as far as they can go and some big changes are on the horizon.

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