Respected journalist: Celtic could bring back former favourite should Rodgers depart
Daily Record chief football correspondent Keith Jackson has claimed that Celtic could appoint their former boss and current Hibernian manager Neil Lennon should Brendan Rodgers depart in the summer.
Rodgers has been linked with the soon to be vacated manager’s post at Arsenal, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Hoops boss is on the short-list to replace Arsene Wenger.
Jackson, writing in his column in the Daily Record, believes that Lennon has shown enough qualities with his Hibernian this season to be top of Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell’s list should Rodgers leave the Hoops in the summer.
Lennon has lead the Easter Road side to a battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership in their first season since promotion and they thoroughly merited a 2-1 win over the Hoops last Saturday which postponed the Hoops’ title celebrations for a week at least.
“In fact, if Lennon has one eye on his old job at Celtic Park then he could hardly have wished for a more faultless audition than these last two years in Leith,” Jackson wrote for the Daily Record.
“With Aberdeen and Rangers both recovering from their respective Scottish Cup calamities by winning at the weekend, Lennon’s side are still three points from second place but it’s testament to the job he has done there that they remain in the thick of the argument at this late stage.
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“Which is precisely why Lennon’s name will feature high on Peter Lawwell’s list of emergency options should Celtic’s chief executive be forced to confront a most unwelcome scenario this summer.”
Lennon had a four season spell in charge of the Hoops which was extremely successful, winning three league titles in that time and performing very well in Europe, establishing himself as a favourite at Parkhead.
Football Insider verdict
The manner of Hibernian’s performance in the victory over the Hoops was very impressive and Lennon has done an excellent job in getting his newly promoted side into a battle for the runners-up spot in the Scottish Premiership table. Of course, there is no guarantee than Rodgers will leave the Hoops this summer or that Lennon would take the job, but if it was to become available you would have to imagine that Lennon would be tempted to make a return to the East End of Glasgow, as he may feel that he has some unfinished business with the Hoops after departing the club so abruptly in 2015.
In other Celtic news, fans have lauded Scott Brown for winning three awards at an official club ceremony