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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan and Jamie Lyall

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for your company today. That will do it for our live text coverage of Neil Lennon's resignation as Celtic manager.

    Lennon has stepped down from his second spell in charge, with John Kennedy named interim manager.

    Kennedy's first game in charge will be the visit of Aberdeen to Celtic Park on Saturday, with Celtic 18 points behind in the title race.

  2. 'Everyone has to take their share of blame'

    James McFadden

    Former Scotland forward on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: It's the manager that carries the can. The players didn't perform - for one reason or another. Rangers have been phenomenal and put that pressure on. Everyone has to take their share of the blame. Celtic haven't defended their box well enough all season.
    Neil Lennon
    Image caption: "It's the manager that carries the can..."
  3. Get Involved

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    Eddie Clark: My shout would be to go for Roberto Martinez and Shaun Maloney before the Euros - because if Belgium get close [to winning it] we won't stand a chance and a team from the big leagues will.

  4. Brown 'wouldn't be captain' without Lennon

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has paid tribute to Neil Lennon after he resigned as manager.

    "He’s supported Celtic his whole life and he wanted to play for this club: he won a treble as a player, as well as a manager," Brown told Celtic's website.

    Neil Lennon and Scott Brown
    Image caption: Neil Lennon and Scott Brown

    "He’s given 15-20 years to this club and he deserves respect, and also praise for what he’s done for the club and the success he brought us.

    “I probably wouldn’t still be captain at Celtic if it wasn’t for Neil Lennon. He kept me on after Tony Mowbray left, and he was a breath of fresh air when he came in."

  5. 'Kennedy knows the temperature of Celtic'

    Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic interim manager John Kennedy will do a "fantastic job" at the club.

    "John was someone that when myself and my staff went in there [at Celtic] John was someone that I didn't know," said Rodgers.

    "But I'd heard good things and when I met him for the first time - I knew his knowledge of the game - he'd obviously been a fantastic player and unfortunately his career ended because of a horrendous tackle. He never quite got back to that level again.

    Celtic interim manager John Kennedy with former boss Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers believes John Kennedy will do a "fantastic job"

    "So, he's moved into coaching and he knows the temperature of Celtic, which is important.

    "He's been through all the levels as a scout there, as a coach and progressed through to the first team.

    "In my time there he was an absolutely brilliant first-team coach for me and had a great knowledge of the game.

    "I'm pretty sure he'll do a fantastic job in the period that he's in there."

  6. 'Lennon a Celtic legend' - Rodgers

    Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, now at Leicester City, has given his reaction to Neil Lennon's departure.

    "I'm obviously saddened when any manager loses his job," Rodgers said. "In particular, someone who I can call a friend.

    "It's a tough day for him [Lennon] but when it all settles down, Neil's an incredible legend of the club.

    Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers says Neil Lennon will be remembered as a Celtic legend

    "He's given so much service to the club and won so many titles. Like I said, his legacy there will be intact forever."

  7. Get Involved Celtic's next manager

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    John: Eddie Howe had a huge budget at Bournemouth. £25m on Lerna. £20m on Ake, Solanke. £15m+ on Ibe, Danjuma, Billing and Rico. Multiple £10m signings. He won't get a billionaire to fund his extravagance at Celtic.

    Paul Goodwin: Martin O’Neill.... been there, done that. Knows what it takes to turn the club's fortunes around.

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    Stephen Boyle: Eddie Howe, with a substantial amount of EPL experience - and for six years kept Bournemouth at the top league - could be great at Celtic. Considering the budget he was given at a smaller English club.

    Mediacircuz: Eddie Howe should be the only real candidate forget Terry etc, what do they bring? Absolutely nothing.

  9. Coming up later

    BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound - on air at 17:30 - will have all the latest reaction and analysis to Neil Lennon's resignation as Celtic manager.

    Tonight's programme will also feature commentary of St Mirren v Motherwell in the Premiership, and a round up of the rest of the day's news.

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    Jared McShane: The Celtic board need to look at themselves at why they appointed Neil Lennon on a permanent basis. How can you go from Brendan Rodgers, who is arguably one of the best coaches in Europe, to Neil Lennon and maintain a consistent level of performance?

    Bob Daniels: How about a Frank Lampard/John Terry partnership?

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    Steven Patrick McNamara: John Terry with Damien Duff as assistant.

    Hoopslad67: This change needed to happen months ago. Why the board dithered is bizarre? Next manager needs to be someone who will impress & excite; someone with standing. They have a massive task: not only rebuilding the team, but rebuilding the club’s relationship with the fans.

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    Marc Thomson: Kennedy, Keane, Larsson, Henry & Rooney shouldn't even be in consideration. I'd like Howe but I reckon it would have happened before now if he was an option. Rafa Benitez would be immense but no chance that will happen. We'll end up with Strachan again.

  13. Get Involved - Celtic's next manager

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    Andrew Bowers: Of the names that are being bandied about for the Celtic job, Eddie Howe - who did a great job at Bournemouth - would be my choice.

  14. McKay 'won't join Celtic early'

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Dominic McKay will not take up his new role at Celtic early, says Scottish Rugby's chief executive Mark Dodson.

    McKay is to replace Peter Lawwell as Celtic chief executive in July, and the club are now looking for a new manager after Neil Lennon's resignation.

    But Dodson expects McKay "to be here [at Scottish Rugby] for a while" before taking up his new role.

    Dominic McKay
    Image caption: Dominic McKay will succeed Peter Lawwell as Celtic chief executive

    "He has a notice period he has to serve here and we need stability in our business too," said Dodson.

    "We're going through a restructure process here anyway, and Dom moving to Celtic has given us a chance to look once more at what we're going to do.

    "What's happening at Celtic is out of my control and not something I'm utterly familiar with. But I know Dom is going to have a very full in-tray when he gets there."

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    Jules: Can we drive Paul Lambert to Celtic?

    Darren Brown: I think Xavi Hernandez would be a great choice if Celtic could pull that off. Young, smart manager and has spoke highly of Celtic and the fans before.

  16. Rangers closing in on title

    Neil Lennon leaves Celtic with the defending Premiership champions trailing Rangers by 18 points.

    Rangers need another seven points to secure the title and end Celtic's 10-in-a-row hopes.

    Scottish Premiership table
    Image caption: Rangers need seven points to win the Premiership title
  17. Would Gerrard's Gers topple Rodgers' Invincibles?

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    Ooft. This is a debate for another live page, but I'm going to lob this grenade in here anyway.

    Raymond Strang on Twitter says: "I think this current Rangers side would match Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles. Whoever Celtic do bring in, they need someone of that magnitude to have Celtic match Rangers. Especially as it will be a new Celtic team."

    Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers

    So, who wins a league campaign: Rodgers' invincible team, or Gerrard's current crop?

    Hit thumbs-up for Rodgers' side, thumbs down for Gerrard's. And no, that doesn't mean we like one better than the other, or hate whichever team you favour - it's simply because we only have two buttons and both happen to be thumbs...