Date: 16th May 2019 at 11:09am
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara has claimed Celtic will wait until after the Scottish Cup final before naming their new permanent manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops legend hailed interim boss Neil Lennon for doing a “great job” in keeping the club’s treble chase on track but says it’s not nailed-on he will be offered the post, or accept it.

Celtic have one SPL match remaining this weekend, when they host Hearts at Parkhead, before the two clubs do battle again six days later in the cup final at Hampden Park.

“They will wait until after the cup final to appoint the manager,” McNamara said. “If it is Neil, they will wait to announce after the Hearts match.

“It is a tricky one for Celtic. Neil has done a great job and been a steady pair of hands, because he knows what the job takes. He has helped get them over the line in the league and got them to the cup final.

“He has done a great job coming in.”

Asked if Lennon’s chances of getting the job depend upon him clinching the treble with victory at Hampden on Saturday week, McNamara told Football Insider: “Possibly, but does Neil want it? There are two sides to it and Neil will want the right back and right players coming.”

Celtic will secure their third consecutive domestic treble if they following up their Scottish Premiership triumph and Scottish League Cup win with victory over Hearts in nine days’ time.

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