Report: Neil Lennon is a contender to lead Hibernian out vs Celtic at Hampden

By John McGinley

December 12, 2021

Neil Lennon is a contender to become the new Hibernian manager, The Scottish Mail on Sunday has reported today. [12/12 print edition, back page]

The paper reports that not only is he one of the names in the frame, but he’s open to discussing a return to Easter Road.

The Mail on Sunday also believes that Hibs are exploring the possibility of having their new manager in charge of next week’s Scottish League Cup final against Celtic. David Gray is in temporary charge of the side just now as Hibs go through the recruitment process.

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Managers such as Alex Neil, Callum Davidson and former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes are all also being considered for the post following the exit of Jack Ross, says the paper.

It would be something of a surprise to see Lennon back in the Hibs hot seat after his acrimonious exit a few years ago. Lennon eventually left the Edinburgh outfit ‘by mutual consent’ but only after reports of bust-ups with players and club officials behind the scenes.

It’d be a dramatic story if Lennon was in the opposition dugout as Ange Postecoglou goes for his first trophy as Celtic boss.

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The former Celtic manager and midfielder remains a club legend, but his relationship with some supporters has been strained over the last 12 months after last season’s shambles and appearances in the media.

Recently Lennon has aired a desire to move on and find his next job, even opening up the possibility of managing abroad in Spain or the United States.

It could be an interesting week.

In other news, Graham Alexander admits Motherwell have big problems for Celtic Park visit.