Sources: Lennon snubbed as Johnson rejects Celtic offer to agree terms with English club

Tommy Johnson has snubbed Celtic and Southend to become the new Blackpool head of recruitment, Football Insider understands.

Johnson’s former teammate Neil Lennon wanted him to take on a senior recruitment role in part of a new-look team headed by just-appointed Nicky Hammond.

A source with knowledge of Johnson’s situation has told Football Insider that he has rejected Celtic and is set to start work immediately at English League One club Blackpool in his new role.

The 48-year-old former Celtic, Aston Villa and England Under-21 striker has been appointed by the Tangerines’ new chief executive Ben Mansford.

It comes after Southend announced last week that they had been forced to abandon plans to appoint Henrik Larsson as their new manager, with Johnson and another ex-Bhoy Johan Mjallby in his team.

Johnson, who quit Nottingham Forest in the summer, was in line for the role of head of recruitment but pulled out at the last minute after contracts had been agreed.

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Southend and Larsson were left infuriated by the decision of Johnson amid mystery over where he was headed and why he had spurned their offer.

His decision to head to Blackpool comes at a time when they are eighth in the division, while Southend are 22nd, with only cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers below them.

Celtic are flying high at the SPL summit once again, but Johnson won’t be reuniting with former teammate Lennon for now.

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