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Noel Whelan has admitted he would love to see Frank Lampard become Celtic manager and renew an old rivalry with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested Lampard would be able to attract a better quality of player to the Glasgow giants.

This site revealed last week that Lampard has no interest in currently taking over at Celtic as he plans to take a break following his dismissal from Chelsea.

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But he is open to the Parkhead possibility in the summer when he plans to assess his options.

Lennon is under enormous pressure at the Hoops after falling 21 points behind Rangers in the league and their premature exits in Europe and the Scottish League cup.

“It would be fantastic [if Lampard went to Celtic],” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“The thing is I just cannot see how Neil Lennon can keep his job. There’s been too much controversy, there are too many bad performances.

“Especially when the fans start coming out. That’s when you know you’ve got a problem and there’s pressure on the board.

“Lampard taking over at Celtic would be brilliant. I would love that.

“Frank didn’t too much wrong but that’s just how things are done at Chelsea. 

“I’d love to see that, I really would. That rivalry [between Gerrard].

“There would be fresh ideas and I’m sure that they can tap into some markets and bring in better players across there and make it more exciting.”

Lampard left his role as Chelsea manager last month after a run of just one win in his final five Premier League games.

In his only full season in charge at Stamford Bridge the 42-year-old finished in the top four and reached the FA Cup final.

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