Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon hints at next career step decision as Hibs speculation surfaces

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has hinted he is close to a return to management, telling ESPN he has “had a good rest” after leaving the Bhoys earlier this year.

Lennon is a multiple-title and trophy winner at the Bhoys as both a player and manager. Despite last term going terribly for Celtic – for which Lennon has to take his share of blame – it seems likely he will land a decent management gig in the near future.

Today is speculation is rife he could even make a dramatic return to Hibernian – with Football Scotland and The Scotsman mentioning his name this morning in relation to the job after Jack Ross’ dismissal.

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However, don’t be surprised if Lennon decides to take on a challenge abroad, given his recent interviews with an Israeli outlet and now ESPN.

In fact, the former Celtic boss himself admits he may travel out of the UK for an opportunity.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: “The Glasgow rivalry is intense, but it is brilliant. It pushes you and turns you into a winner. I don’t think that ever leaves you, those values and lessons you learn stay with you for the rest of your life.

Andrés Iniesta poses with another Celtic target, as ridiculous Hearts whining continues

Andrés Iniesta poses with another Celtic target, as ridiculous Hearts whining continues
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“Football is a results-driven business but you are there to entertain and that was always my thinking when I went into the role at Celtic both times. If you look at my record, it stands up against most people’s.

“My teams always scored a lot of goals and in every club I’ve been at, I made a profit in player sales, even Bolton which was obviously difficult.

“Hopefully the right team will come along, whether that is here or abroad. I love the Spanish game, I enjoy Major League Soccer, too. I’ve had a good rest, I feel fresh and I’m excited about whatever challenge lies ahead.”

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Though some Celtic fans still hold a grudge towards Lennon for last season, landing a management job elsewhere will hopefully allow everyone to move on.

The Bhoys are now motoring under Ange Postecoglou and there’s no reason for us not to wish Lennon well on whatever his next project turns out to be.

In other news, Two-time NFL Super Bowl champion reveals he was inspired by Celtic hero.