It’s becoming evidently clear that Celtic want to be convinced by Neil Lennon to be the manager next year.

What makes us say that? Just have a look at assistant manager John Kennedy’s words. The long-term Celtic coach has managed to become the second in command at Parkhead. And he’ll surely have eyes on keeping that role heading iintonext season.

Lennon has yet to win over the Celtic support. Despite going unbeaten in seven and winning five of them, the performances haven’t been anything to get excited about.

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Neil Lennon is planning ahead for next season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Kennedy made an enlightening reveal in the Record that Lennon is playing a major role in the rebuilding job for next season.

“Neil has come in and he is looking at the squad. We have sat down and we have had meetings about next season, if everything goes to plan, and what it might be.

“He’s involved in terms with, from his perspective, what the club might need, giving his opinion on things, and the club has good support behind that who will continue to work and whatever it throws up in the summer, there will be enough options there that whoever is making the decisions will be able to do so.

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“There is a bit of work to be done, there’s no getting away from that. A bit of work in terms of planning, which the club will continue. Hopefully, when that happens, it’ll be pretty smooth and we’ll hit the ground running next season”

Why would the board entertain this?

If Lennon was truly just being looked at as a temporary solution until the end of the season, then why would the board even entertain him planning for next season?

All major decisions to do with the coming campaign should be left for a new manager to make. Whether that’s in terms of recruitment or who stays on and who leaves, that has to be down to the new man alone. A new manager will want to stamp his own philosophy on the club. He won’t want key decisions to have already been made by Lennon when he arrives.

Lennon has five wins from seven games so far (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The fact that Lennon is being allowed to play such a major role in the rebuild, therefore, proves the board wants to be convinced. But whether results alone will get him there remains to be seen. It just feels as though it’ll depend on whether the treble treble is won or not. That seems the easiest way to judge Lennon, but performances should matter too.

Celtic do have a big summer ahead of them in terms of a rebuild. But, if the new manager is never going to be Lennon, then he shouldn’t have any say.

It’s clear that Celtic view him as a viable contender with this latest reveal from Kennedy. And allowing him to keep plowing ahead with future plans proves the club want to be convinced by Lennon too.

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