Why Neil Lennon should rule himself out of Celtic job contention

By Hamish Carton

May 15, 2019

Since Sunday’s demoralising defeat to Rangers one clear conclusion has been derived by the Celtic support. They now believe, almost to a man, that Neil Lennon should not be given the managers job. Given the Ibrox loss was his first since returning to the hotseat, you may be forgiven for thinking that such criticism was over the top.

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The overall reality of the situation is more telling though. Celtic have been uninspiring in pretty much all of Lennon’s matches in charge. Only perhaps the two cup wins over Hibernian and Aberdeen have lifted some of the gloom away from a team that are closing in on a remarkable third successive treble.

Lennon is still seen by bookmakers as a contender for the role, even if fans have written him off. However it is the board who will have the final decision on the Northern Irishman, or will it be? Could Lennon rule himself out of the running in the next ten days?

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Take your bow

Lennon ruling himself out of contention would do two things. Firstly, it would lift some of the apathy felt by supporters at the present moment. The relief that the three-time title winning manager wouldn’t be returning permanently would signal that the club aren’t willing to take the easy way out.

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It would also give Lennon a lap of honour in effect. He could close out a remarkable 19 year Celtic story by winning another treble. Lennon would be seen as a hero for stepping in during our hour of need and leading us to more glory. He would cement his status as a Celtic legend.

If Lennon was to take the job permanently and fail to bring home ten-in-a-row then the consequences do not bare thinking about. He would be remembered for that failure alone. Surely it’s not worth the risk when he is revered so highly as it is.