Report: Neil Lennon to be appointed interim manager tomorrow

By David Walton

February 26, 2019

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is closing in on a move to Leicester City, but the Hoops have reportedly acted quickly.

According to the Daily Record, Celtic are set to announce Neil Lennon as interim manager between now and the end of the season.

The Record believe that a press conference will be held tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 27th February). This is to be regarding Lennon’s appointment after Rodgers confirms his inevitable departure from Parkhead.

But what makes this so intriguing? Just look at the opponents Celtic have on Saturday.

Neil Lennon could be back at his old stomping ground on Saturday (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Lennon’s first priority will of course be Tynecastle tomorrow night. But, if appointed, he’ll be facing his old club Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday.

The Hoops travel to Leith in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals in Edinburgh. The match is a hugely defining moment in Celtic’s treble-treble chase. And given the unceremonious departure of Lennon from Hibs, the match will have some real spice.

Lennon and Hibs had to release a joint statement confirming his departure from Edinburgh last month. Now, it’s looking like he’ll be making a swift return to his old stomping ground.

Lennon bossed Celtic at Easter Road

Lennon had a sensational record against Celtic for Hibs at Easter Road. Often using a high press, he sucked the life out of Celtic’s distribution from the back.

Out of three matches against Rodgers at home, Lennon won two and drew one. He never lost at home to the still current Celtic manager.

Now, he could be coming up against a Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian outfit. The current Hibs boss has revived the likes of Florian Kamberi and Daryl Horgan, and his style has so far been similar to Lennon’s.

Lennon could be up against successor Paul Heckingbottom on Saturday (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But Lenny has been in the game up here a lot longer than Heckingbottom. He knew how to get the better of Celtic, and likely knows how to do the same to Hibs.

Celtic’s treble chase depends on this match on Sunday. Arguably, so do Lennon’s chances of landing the Celtic job permanently.

It all starts tomorrow night at Tynecastle if Lennon gets the job.

If he does, it’s going to be one helluva start to his second temporary spell at Celtic Park.