Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic’s comments are a key indicator that some players want Neil Lennon as the next permanent manager.
In recent times, the likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor have recently voiced their support for Lennon to get the job permanently. The Scottish players at Parkhead may not all be familiar with Lennon as a manager, but they’ll all know who he is.
That’s what makes Simunovic’s comments so significant. He believes that the players want Lennon to get the job beyond the end of the season. And being a man not steeped in Celtic’s history, it’s a significant opinion.
Speaking in the Scottish Sun, the Bosnian wasn’t shy in delivering his verdict on whether Lenny should stay on.
“Things are going really well. It is all good. It’s not just me, I think the other players want it to happen too.
“But there are some things the players can’t decide, that is for others. But I would say all players are happy at the moment with the coaching staff.”
A big boost for Lennon
One of the toughest parts of the job for Lennon would’ve been winning the players over. This is a squad of footballers who have been used to the highest standard of coaching under Brendan Rodgers. They weren’t going to just take to anyone.
Simunovic is one of the players who would likely have been pretty unfamiliar with Lennon. He may have known about his Celtic past, but not to the extent the Scottish bhoys at Parkhead could relate to him.
So the fact he’s willing to come out and root for Lennon in getting the job permanently is massive for the Northern Irishman.
If Simunovic’s prediction that the squad wants the Celtic great to remain at the club, this is a massive boost for him. If Lennon can deliver the treble, all fingers would surely point to him getting the job after the season’s end.
BBC journalist Tom English said on BBC’s Sportsound podcast (Sunday April 14th, 14:15) that Peter Lawwell wants Lennon to get the job. Meanwhile, Clyde 1 revealed that Lennon was told by Dermot Desmond that the club hasn’t spoken to anyone else.
All of this coming on the back of a morale-boosting and commanding 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-finals too. It’s been some 24 hours so far for Lennon, but he needs to keep it going at Easter Road this Sunday.
In any case, having the support of the players is a big advantage for him ahead of the run-in.