Davie Provan has stated that Hibs chief Leeann Dempster made the wrong move in sacking Neil Lennon.
The former Hibees boss, now Celtic manager, is currently doing well for himself at Parkhead. Hibs on the other hand have had a poor start to the season, sitting in a lowly ninth after four games.
Provan believes that way back in January though, Dempster set the wheels in motion for Hibs’ downfall by sacking Lennon.
He wrote in his Scottish Sun column: “Penny for the thoughts of Leeann Dempster as she watched Neil Lennon get it spot on in the Glasgow derby.
“Despite beating Celtic and drawing home and away with Rangers last December, Lennon was suspended by Dempster in January, before his mystery departure from Easter Road.
“Fast forward eight months and angry Hibs fans want Paul Heckingbottom out while Lennon is flying. Frankly, Dempster made an a*** of it.”
Everything in hindsight
I mean yes, now some Hibs fans probably would like Lennon back. Not for any other reason than the discontent growing between them and current Hibees boss Heckingbottom.
Back in January though, Hibs had to get Lennon out. They had won two of their last 15 games under Lennon’s tenure. If they kept that form up, they’d have been embroiled in a relegation fight.
Heckingbottom came in, steadied the ship, and secured the top six. Football is a funny business, as back in May, Heckingbottom was widely praised and Lennon wasn’t the popular choice for Celtic boss.
Fast forward a few months and now Lennon is being hailed left, right and centre after his Old Firm win. Heckingbottom on the other hand is under pressure after a poor start to the season.
Will Dempster be watching Lennon’s success at Celtic, green with envy? Most likely not, Hibs had to get rid of him, what he does now is largely irrelevant to them.