Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon hasn’t ruled out a return to Scotland, but has stated that he works “under a dark cloud” here.
The Celtic legend has been a victim of controversy and abuse throughout his time in Scotland, both as a player and manager.
Yet his success on the touchline can’t be questioned. Lennon led Celtic to three successive titles in a row and managed successive Champions League group-stage campaigns.
He then returned to Scotland to manage Hibernian in 2016, and instantly earned them promotion to the Premiership before ending his second season just one result from second place in the Premiership.
But after the messy end to his time at Hibs, you could forgive Lennon for wanting to leave Scotland. And despite admitting he works under a dark cloud in this country, the Northern Irishman told Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard (Tuesday 19th February, 00:51:56) that he wouldn’t be against returning once more.
“It’s nice to have a break and re-evaluate things. Not just about our profession, but about your life in general.
“Jobs are a precious commodity though. The more you’re out the more difficult it is to get back in.
“If there’s something in Scotland, England or abroad that really appeals to me then I’ll take the plunge. I’ve had a lot of success up here, but there’s always a dark cloud that surrounds you here. Whether it be the sectarianism or volatility. It wouldn’t deter me from working in Scotland again.”
The man who constantly fights adversity
If there’s anyone in recent Scottish football history with a bigger strength of character than Lennon, then we’ve yet to see him.
The former Celtic manager has had to deal with attacks on the pitch as both Celtic and Hibernian manager. He’s had to deal with sectarian singing towards him too. Added to that, he’s been sent bullets in the post during his time at Parkhead.
Quite incredibly, however, that’s never stopped Lennon from achieving success in Scotland. He continues to face adversity and overcome it in convincing fashion. Lennon is a constant winner, and that just infuriates some up here given his Celtic background.
Whether he could return to Parkhead is an interesting one. Lennon told Superscoreboard that he doesn’t see himself back in a job before the end of the season. But, in the future when Rodgers eventually departs, could his name be in the mix?
There are pros and cons for it, but expect his name to be thrown up when the question is asked in the distant future.