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19th Apr, 2018 | 12:25pm

Chris Sutton: This 46-yr-old could be next Celtic boss if Lawwell relationship is intact

Chris Sutton has boldly predicted that Neil Lennon will return to Celtic to take over as Hoops boss again when current manager Brendan Rodgers eventually departs the club.

Sutton thinks that the 46-year-old is the ideal candidate to replace Rodgers when the time is right – but concedes that he is unaware of the relationship between Lennon and Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell.

“I don’t know the relationship between Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell after he left,” Sutton said, as quoted by the Herald.

“But in terms of the job he has done at Hibs, the affection he’s held by the Celtic support and the fact he’s really maturing as a coach then he’d be well up there in the pecking order if Brendan ended up leaving.”

Lennon has done an excellent job at Easter Road this season, and has the promoted club in a battle with Rangers and Aberdeen to finish second in the Scottish Premiership table.

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Sutton may be correct about the job that Lennon is doing at Hibernian, which has been very impressive, but he also identifies the reason why Lennon may not return to Celtic – his relationship with the Hoops chief executive. The reason Lennon left the Hoops in 2014 has never really been fully explained, although the transfer budget that he was going to receive may well have been a factor, which would have put him on a collision course with Lawwell. Perhaps in a few years time both men will let bygones be bygones and Lennon could return, but in the immediate future the move looks to be a non-starter.

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