Neil Lennon has resigned as Celtic manager with immediate effect, prematurely ending his second spell at Parkhead just two years after his return to the club.
Lennon leaves Celtic as they trail Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table by 18 points and this season will almost certainly end a run on nine league titles in a row.
Assistant manager John Kennedy will now take charge of Celtic on an interim basis.
“We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously,” Lennon explained in a statement published by Celtic’s official website.
“I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn things around, but unfortunately we have not managed to get the kind of run going that we have needed.
“I have always given my best to the club and have been proud to deliver silverware to the Celtic supporters. The club will always be part of me. I will always be a Celtic supporter myself and I will always want the best for Celtic.
“I would like to thank so many people at the club who have given me so much and I would also like to thank my family for their love and support. I wish the Celtic supporters, players, staff and directors nothing but success for the future.”
Lennon won five trophies after succeeding Brendan Rodgers in February 2019, including the club’s fourth consecutive domestic treble in a delayed 2019/20. However, the 2020/21 campaign has been poor. Not only have Rangers run away with the league title, Celtic have struggled to make an impact in Europe and were eliminated in an early round of the Scottish League Cup.