Celtic fans have expressed mixed views on Twitter regarding any potential return for Neil Lennon.
The Northern Irishman has been suspended by Hibernian for the time being. Nobody knows how the situation will pan out, but it’s not looking great from the outside regarding Lennon’s future at Easter Road.
Before taking the job in Leith, he had a short stint at Bolton after a successful time at Celtic. He started the surge to 10-in-a-row and managed to qualify for the Champions League last-16. That’s something Brendan Rodgers has yet to achieve, despite his immense success.
It shows the level of job Lennon did in Glasgow. And the idea of him perhaps becoming available again has given supporters the chance to discuss a return.
Here, we take a look at some of the mixed reaction to that idea on Twitter:
Keep Neil Lennon a million miles away from Celtic Park, please and thanks 👋🏼
— Colleen (@col_cogs) January 25, 2019
Good to hear celtic are behind neil Lennon shame @HibernianFC and @LeeannDempster have never really had his back fully.. I’ll say it again players and staff can’t take criticism don’t be involved in the football industry “SIMPLE” I say Lennon should become a scout for celtic 🍀
— Kelly McGeachy (@kellybaby3) January 27, 2019
If there's one positive to come out of this sorry mess it's that Neil Lennon has more free time to appear as guest speaker at Celtic supporters club meet and greets.
— Mr Miyagi (@KernelKhaos) January 27, 2019
The Celtic fans who want Lennon back at Parkhead in the event of Rodgers leaving are either blinded by Lennon's perceived 'Celtic mindedness', or they are simply not paying attention. His record is grossly over-stated and he becoming a total liability.
— Larsson's Chip (@roonye77) January 26, 2019
Mental news about Neil Lennon. Get him in to Celtic in some capacity. The guy is just passionate about what he does. Would love to see him in the dugout with Brendan.
— Scott Alcroft (@ScottAlcroft) January 26, 2019
Going by my TL I’m the only one with the opinion I wouldn’t have or want Lennon back at Celtic good luck to him in what his next journey is but it’s not stepping back into the hoops can’t see what he could bring or would bring
— Mandy (@hoopsghirl88) January 25, 2019
Rodgers and Lennon have different styles of management. Celtic fans sticking the boot into Lennon after all he has been through should know better. I would take Lennon back when Rodgers goes.
— IrishTerence (@IrishTerenceSTL) January 26, 2019
If Neil Lennon is away from Hibs (and I hope he’s not!) I’d love to see him back at Celtic in some capacity with Rodgers for 10IAR. There’s no doubting his passion for the club still. pic.twitter.com/CRWsDkM7IF
— PJ Pickering (@PickeringPaddy) January 25, 2019
I can see Neil Lennon taking a wee break from football. His next job will be leading Celtic to 11 in a row.
— CMarkey (@cm11983) January 26, 2019
Mad to think some Celtic fans would have Lennon back after Rodgers
— Peter Dickson (@peterdickson06) January 25, 2019
Would you take him back?
Lennon remains and will forever be a Celtic legend. It’s not a term to use loosely, but his achievements as both a player and a manager speak for themselves.
But does bringing Lennon back in any capacity truly make sense? The idea of him coming back as a scout may not end up as appealing as it sounds. For every Virgil Van Dijk at Celtic there was a Rami Gershon. For every Victor Wanyama there was a Rabiu Ibrahim. For ever Gary Hooper there was a Miku.
It may not be the shrewdest move the club make at this moment in time. Lennon is surely likely to return to Celtic before the end of his career due to his relationship with the club alone.
It would also be extremely surprising if he didn’t have another crack as manager one day. But, in our opinion, Steve Clarke should be ahead of Lennon given the remarkable work he’s done at Kilmarnock.
It still remains to be seen how this situation plays out in Edinburgh. It doesn’t look great, but automatic suggestions of a return to Celtic were inevitable.
So the big question, therefore, is would you bring him back? If so, would it be now or as the next manager? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.