McNamara Exclusive: Celtic must appoint this O'Neill-style manager to deliver 10-in-a-row


Jackie McNamara has insisted Neil Lennon is the man to deliver 10-in-a-row to Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Hoops legend explained Lennon is “not a training ground coach” like Brendan Rodgers who can develop and improve players.

But the northern Irishman is similar to another ex-Celtic manager Martin O’Neill in that he can inspire outstanding results with the right backroom team around him.

Lennon has been in interim charge since Rodgers quit to join Leicester City in February and has kept the Glasgow giants on course for a third consecutive treble.

Asked if Lennon is the man to get the job permanently this summer, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he could possibly be the right man to deliver 10 in a row. His record in European football was decent, you know, he got some great results against Barcelona.

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“Has he changed since the last time he was there? I think he needs the support around him, Neil is not a training ground coach, I think he’s maybe along the lines of what Martin O’Neill (was like).

“A lot of similarities to the way he goes about things, whereas Brendan was very much a coach, a manager in changing and improving players. That’s not Neil’s forte, so then he needs the support around him to be able to do that and obviously the tactical side of it as well.”

McNamara is convinced Lennon would be a wiser appointment that others linked with the post since Rodgers’ exit, such as the available ex-Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes.

“None of the ones [linked] have been jumping out to be honest,” he told Football Insider. “There’s nothing really that’s been put out there that I think ‘I’d rather him than Lenny’ – you know, the Moyses and the rest of them. I would rather see Neil Lennon get it than the likes of that.”

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the club are battling Fulham to sign a left-sided flyer available on a summer free transfer.