Celtic manager Neil Lennon has blasted former Rangers striker Kris Boyd over his recent comments about the standard of players in Scottish football – and, as much as it pains us to agree with him, Lennon has it spot on.

Boyd also attracted the ire of Rangers fans for his comments, which Lennon called “idiotic”, and insists pundits in Scotland should be talking the game up.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Lennon pointed to Virgil Van Dijk’s success and thinks Boys is just trying to be “controversial” with his statement there are no “great” players in Scotland.

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“We had Van Dijk, and can we go and create more great players along the way? Of course we can. I think it’s an idiotic statement to make,” Lennon told the Scottish Sun.

“For me, it’s folly and doesn’t make sense to say these things,”

“I get that pundits like Kris Boyd have to be controversial and make these sort of statements, but it doesn’t wash with me. We have to talk up the game here, not talk it down.”



Simply looking at what Steven Gerrard has at his disposal at Ibrox, if Boyd doesn’t think guys like Steven Davis and Allan McGregor are great players then he’s in the wrong job.

Then there’s Alfredo Morelos. Only a handful of players anywhere in the world have scored more goals in 2019 than the Colombian, he’s scoring for fun at home and in Europe and is forcing his way into a regular place in his national side.

And he’s still only 23.

21st October 2018, Hope CBD Stadium, Hamilton, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hamilton Academical versus Rangers; Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister chats to Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock

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If that’s not someone who, if not already meeting Boyd’s definition of great, is destined for greatness in his career.

Then again, Boyd has experience of not being great after disappointing spells in Turkey, America and England before returning to Scotland to salvage his playing career.

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