Charlie Nicholas wants Celtic to go with fresher approach over Neil Lennon

By David Walton

April 10, 2019

Former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas has claimed that the club needs to go for a fresh approach over Neil Lennon.

Lennon continues to split opinion so far in the media. With Nicholas believing a change is necessary, the likes of John Hartson wants Celtic to give Lennon the job now.

With just seven games remaining, Lenny is still steering the ship in the right direction. Leading Celtic to the treble treble remains the overwhelming priority, and there’s no denying he’ll be a big contender for the job permanently if he does.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We already stated our view that Lennon will likely get the job if the treble has won. Nicholas, however, believes that a fresher approach from the club is required at such a delicate stage. Speaking to the Daily Express, cited by the Scottish Sun, the former Celt and Arsenal striker said the following:

“Celtic should seriously consider going for a fresh approach rather than sticking with Neil Lennon. I wouldn’t be upset if he was given the job. He’s a genuine, knowledgeable and clever man.

“But part of me would like to see Celtic appoint a manager with a new approach – someone who can give the club and team an identity. Whoever gets the job faces a massive task. That’s why it might be a good time to look further afield.

“Celtic must spend money this summer in order to improve. But will the board give Lenny the cash to do this or expect him to carry on in the hope he can unearth ANOTHER Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama or Gary Hooper? It worked once, but that was almost a decade ago and things have changed in the market place.”

Fresh approach can be just as dangerous

Nicholas may split opinion, and he has a point about going for a fresher approach. But at the same time, it’s important to recognise the dangers of this too.

The fresh approach hasn’t always worked for Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Both of our last two managers have been fresh approaches. Ronny Deila was brought in to replicate a style that took the Norwegian Tippeligaen by storm with Stromsgodset. It turned out to be a failure in the end without costing us any Premiership titles.

Then there was Brendan Rodgers, who was brought in to build Celtic into a relentless domestic powerhouse and eventually become a force in Europe. It was a surprising statement of intent from Celtic. Despite failing in his European ambitions, Rodgers swept up seven consecutive domestic trophies.

So the idea of a fresh approach has its pros and cons. It can be just as hit and miss as sticking with what we already know in Lennon. But that’s not to say the Northern Irishman has earned the job either.

He still has some convincing to do through the players’ performance levels. But the simple truth is that every move has its risks, regardless of whether it’s fresh or not.