Neil Lennon may have a long-term future at Celtic after the board sanctioned the signing of young Sheffield Wednesday star Liam Shaw.

That is the view of former Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about what the pre-contract deal means for the Northern Irishman’s future at Parkhead.

This site revealed at the end of January that the Hoops had agreed personal terms with the versatile 19-year-old who is out of contract at Hillsborough in the summer.

Lennon then announced last week Shaw had signed a pre-contract deal and insisted he still played a key role in recruitment despite speculation regarding his future.

Asked whether the deal for Shaw points toward Lennon staying at Parkhead for the long-term, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You don’t know what the Celtic board are feeling.

“For all we know the Celtic board could look it and think ‘Neil Lennon, it’s been a really bad season, but for what he’s done for this club he deserves a chance to turn it around.’

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“They might look at it and see he needs to get rid of some players, bring in some new players, freshen it up and go again.

“Maybe this is him being backed.”


Celtic did not make any signings in the January transfer window after a potential deal for Preston North End’s Ben Davies was gazumped by Liverpool at the eleventh hour.

The Hoops are now 18 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race and face the prospect of their Glasgow rivals securing the title at Parkhead next month.

In other news, a top pundit has been left very worried by what Scott Brown has just said at Celtic.