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Hartson believes Strachan was forced out at Celtic

Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Gordon Strachan was forced out of his role as Celtic manager. Strachan stepped down on Monday after the Hoops failed to win this season's Scottish Premier League title but Hartson thinks the fans forced him out.

"I saw it coming, the fans have got their wish," Hartson told Setanta Sports News.

"I feel sad for Gordon but not that sad because it's been very difficult working in the circumstances he has, with regard to how the fans felt towards him.

"The writing was on the wall because Gordon was hated by the Celtic support.

"I can't speak for the Celtic supporters - they are phenomenal - but the majority wanted Strachan out. A lot of them weren't going to renew their season tickets for next year.

"He's left because everyone wants to be happy going into work every day.

"You want to be liked and loved and in the end it was just very, very difficult for him. The fans turned on him and they have got their wish.

"They will now want a big say in who becomes the next manager.

"It's not a criticism of the fans because they are unbelievable but they just didn't take to Gordon from day one."

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