Date: 7th June 2019 at 12:30pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara is unperturbed that Neil Lennon has not been handed a long-term contract by Celtic.

The northern Irishman was appointed permanent manager of the Hoops for the second time last week after taking over on an interim basis for the final months of last season and steering the club to a third consecutive treble.

The Celtic board offered Lennon the full-time post in the wake of the Scottish Cup triumph and he was handed a 12-month rolling contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Hoops skipper McNamara is unconcerned that Lennon’s deal does not appear to offer the security of the four-year contract the club handed to predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

“No I don’t get that as an issue, the contract terms are different now, it’s just how it’s worded,” he told Football Insider. “You could have a seven-year contract and it just means the same thing in terms of termination, It doesn’t really matter, it’s just how it’s put across.

“He’s always got 12 months on his contract, so it’s good for both parties. If he had a seven-year contract, it doesn’t really affect anything or change the same thing.”

It is Lennon’s second spell as manager, having previously been in charge from 2010 to 2014 when he guided Celtic to three league titles and two Scottish Cup triumphs.

He also enjoyed a hugely successful playing career at the club, making over 300 appearances and winning five Scottish Premier League titles, four Scottish Cups, two League Cups as well as a UEFA Cup final appearance in 2003.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the Hoops have submitted a formal multi-million pound bid for a Premier League 26-year-old.