Neil Lennon is convinced Celtic will win the forthcoming Old Firm derby

By Amir Mir

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has claimed he applied for the Celtic job before Brendan Rodgers was appointed manager.

The 45-year-old, who was appointed Hibernian boss in June, managed the Scottish giants for a period of four years, before leaving for Bolton Wanderers in 2014.

Former Premier League manager Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila in the Celtic Park dugout in May, a fortnight before Lennon took the job in Edinburgh.

Prior to his managerial career, Northern Irishman Lennon represented Celtic as a player for a seven-year period, making 103 appearances in all competitions and winning two SPL titles.

Speaking to his former Hoops teammate, Chris Sutton, Lennon made the revelation that he tried to pip Rodgers to the Glasgow post.

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“Well I did apply for the job, before Brendan [Rodgers] go it,” Lennon told Sutton on BT Sport. “It was something that appealed to me, but I’m happy here.”

Since his appointment at Celtic, Rodgers has led his side to an unbeaten run in all competitions, winning the Scottish League Cup along the way.

They have won 12 of their 13 Premiership games this term, an eight-point lead on Old Firm rivals Rangers.

Rodgers has also guided the Bhoys to two victories over the Gers, thumping them 5-1 in the league in September, before knocking them out of the semi-final stages of the League Cup.

On the other hand, Lennon is aiming to guide Hibs to promotion from the Scottish Championship. His side are leading the table after 15 games with 31 points, ahead of Dundee United only on goal difference.

In other Celtic news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the outcome of the Hoops clash at Manchester City in the Champions League.