Kevin Phillips has backed Neil Lennon to turn things around at Celtic and insisted the club would be “crazy” to sack him amid Martin O’Neill speculation.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker claimed Lennon has performed a “miracle” at Parkhead by keeping the club’s domestic dominance going during his second spell.
Phillips is in no doubt Celtic could “attract a big-name manager” if they choose but believes Lennon is still the right man for the job.
Football Insider revealed earlier today the club have put out feelers to another of their former bosses, Martin O’Neill, but he is not too interested in a sensational return.
Phillips is in no doubt the Scottish champions would be making a big mistake by turning back to O’Neill or seeking an alternative candidate.
“It is daft to think that Celtic cannot attract a big name manager to the club,” he told Football Insider. “They are having a tough time but they are a huge club.
“Listening to Neil Lennon’s press conferences, he is hurting. I know him and he will be raging inside.
“What he has done at that club has been a miracle. He has been incredible. There was always going to be a point where there would be a sticky patch and they are going through it now.
“If the board are backing him then you have to give them credit. He has done a fantastic job.
“There are managers out there with more experience than Neil Lennon in terms of football but nobody knows that club better. I think it would be crazy to get rid of him now. I am pretty sure he will turn it around.”
This site exclusively revealed two Fridays ago that Celtic intended to stand by Lennon, barring a dreadful run of results, up until the Old Firm crunch against Rangers on 2 January.
This was partly because the board of directors do not believe there is an “outstanding” alternative available to replace Lennon.