Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon outlines his plans for the future

By Euan Davidson

December 7, 2021

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has suggested he’s ready to get back in the dugout after nearly a year out of the game.

Lennon left the Hoops in February 2021, with Celtic’s hopes of landing 10IAR looking all but gone. John Kennedy took over in the interim, before a long, drawn-out pursuit of Eddie Howe. Eventually, the club found a saviour in Ange Postecoglou, but it’s been a dramatic, irregular year in the Celtic dugout.

The ex-midfielder was welcomed back with open arms by Celtic supporters in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ sudden departure from the club. He managed to secure a treble in 2018-19, before lifting the Bhoys’ 9th consecutive league title in 19-20. That season, he also led Celtic to famous wins over Lazio in the Europa League.

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The former Celtic captain, coach and manager has said he’s waiting for the right opportunity to come. He’s managed in England before, with cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers. Opportunities in Ireland may also present themselves.

He told the Leicester Mercury:

“I’m enjoying the punditry and I’ve had a good break. I’ve been hard at it – the management – for almost 10 years non-stop so it was nice to have a break.

“I’m starting to get the feeling, the itch, to get back in. It’s just a question of waiting to see what opportunities may arise. I’m excited about the future.

“We won five trophies in my second spell at Celtic. I’ve got 10 trophies under my belt with European experience and promotion with Hibernian.

“I’ve still got plenty to offer off the back of what I’ve achieved already.”

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Despite how it ended with Celtic, surely few fans would begrudge Neil Lennon success elsewhere

Of course, it didn’t end at all well at Celtic Park. Amidst protests from supporters, debacles in Dubai and poor results, it seemed as if Lenny had lost his touch. The connection he had with the supporters dissipated, often lashing out at the wrong targets when things weren’t going well.

It left a sour taste. But given all that he did right when he was at Celtic, the years could be kind on the reputation he has with us. Especially if he’s able to make a good account of himself elsewhere.

If a club with a decent budget gave him a chance, and he was able to bring in his own staff, who knows? It’s not as if he doesn’t know how to win trophies at a decent level.

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Surely, he’ll have learned from the more negative experiences towards the end of his time with Celtic. The total absence of tactics, the aimless play and the tendency to throw players under the bus all have to go.

However, nobody really wanted to be angry at Neil Lennon. It wasn’t something that gave any Celtic supporter joy.

Maybe seeing him succeed somewhere else again, would.

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