Celtic appoint Peter Houston to replace Jack Lyons

By David Walton

July 28, 2019

Celtic have apparently found their replacement for Jack Lyons as Peter Houston has seemingly taken up his role.

The former Dundee United manager looks like he’s come back to Parkhead to take up Lyons’ old job. This looks to be the case after Houston recently updated his LinkedIn account. He now calls himself Celtic’s first-team opposition analyst.

This comes after Lyons departed Celtic for Leicester City just days ago (Leicester Mercury). Lyons performed the exact same role at Parkhead as Houston now does. And it makes sense considering manager Neil Lennon’s relationship with the new man.

Peter Houston won the Scottish Cup with Dundee United back in 2010 (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Houston previously worked for the Hoops as a scout. That was also during Lennon’s first spell as manager at Celtic. The pair worked together between 2013 and 2014 before Lennon’s departure. Houston stayed on to work under Ronny Deila briefly, before leaving to take over Falkirk in June 2014. Houston touched on his spell with Celtic in the Record back in 2014.

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It was an ultimately unsuccessful spell with the Bairns for Houston, and he now finds himself back at Parkhead and reunited with Lennon once more.

Peter Houston and Neil Lennon weren’t always good pals

Interestingly, both Lenny and Houston weren’t always the best of pals. Back in 2010 when Lennon first became Celtic manager, they became embroiled in a bit of war of words.

Houston proved to be a relative success at Tannadice (Wattie Cheung/Getty Images)

Houston had a go at Lennon after a clash between the sides at Tannadice back in 2010. Lennon had claimed that Celtic were the only team who tried to play football that day, before Houston had a go at him and Scott Brown post-match (Daily Record).

Over time, the duo clearly grew a mutual respect for each other. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, and Houston has done fine work for Celtic in the past.

Neil Lennon has a positive relationship with Houston (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He knows the Scottish scene inside-out, and will prove a fine opposition analyst in a domestic sense. It will be interesting to see how he does in providing background on some of our European foes, however.

This is an appointment that Celtic fans will just have to trust the manager in. There’s a positive relationship there, and a clear trust between them also.

If it helps lead us to title number nine, or whisper it quietly, the quadruple treble, then who are we to complain?