Hibernian send out manager update just days before Celtic clash; trusted source says Neil Lennon "not in the running"

By Hamish Carton

December 14, 2021

Hibernian have updated supporters on their search for a new manager, just days before they take on Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic, as the Edinburgh Evening News said Neil Lennon was “not in the running.”

The Hoops and the Hibees face-off at Hampden on Sunday afternoon, with one side in a better place than the other.

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Ange’s Celtic haven’t lost a domestic match since mid September, while Hibs have won just one from their last ten in the league.

That form saw the end of Jack Ross’ time at the club, and the Easter Road side are yet to appoint his replacement.

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Hibernian don’t give much away, but report says former Celtic boss Neil Lennon “not in the running”

Club hero David Gray was in charge at the weekend, and will remain so for tonight’s game against Dundee.

Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell released an update on Tuesday morning.

He said the club were “undergoing an incredibly thorough and strategic approach” after a lot of interest in the manager’s role.

Kensell then touched on the media speculation around the role, interestingly adding that “much of this has been wide of the mark.”

Finally, he urged Hibs fans to stay behind David Gray and his team for tonight’s clash, and said a further update would follow in the “near future”.

So we’re still no close to knowing whether Gray will remain in charge for Sunday’s final, or whether a new manager will be in place.

It was interesting that Kensell chose to address the media speculation as to who will be the next Hibs manager.

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The biggest name being touted in recent days has been former Hoops boss Neil Lennon, but the Edinburgh Evening Evening News are reporting that he isn’t in the running for the job.

Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is also not in consideration for the role, according to the trusted source.

So no magical Lennon comeback at Hampden. We’ll just have to wait and see who we’re going to come up against on Sunday.

In other news, UEFA have confirmed the kick-off times for Celtic’s Conference League tie against Bodo/Glimt