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SportNeil Lennon points to title record as evidence he could take on Celtic job

14:00  16 may  2019
14:00  16 may  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Celtic to hold Neil Lennon talks after Scottish Cup final

Celtic to hold Neil Lennon talks after Scottish Cup final Celtic will hold face-to-face talks with interim boss Neil Lennon after the Scottish Cup final ahead of a possible permanent role, according to the Scottish Daily Mail, cited by Football Scotland. The 47-year-old returned to Celtic Park back in February after Brendan Rodgers moved to Premier League outfit Leicester City. Since then, the former Hoops midfielder has guided the club to an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, as well as booking a place in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts in pursuit of a domestic ‘treble treble’. Despite Lennon’s solid second stint in charge of the club, many big names have been tipped for the job.

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Neil Lennon points to title record as evidence he could take on Celtic job © Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Sport Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon has hit back at claims that he would be unable to take on the Hoops job permanently, pointing to his previous title wins with Celtic as proof he could take the job.

Lennon has attracted criticism after Celtic fell to a 2-0 defeat to Rangers last week, leaving Steven Gerrard’s side only six points off the Northern Irishman’s side.

Despite having the title wrapped up, many have criticised Lennon’s time in charge of the Hoops, and are calling for a new man to be appointed this Summer.

Neil Lennon points to title record as evidence he could take on Celtic job © Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport

However, Lennon has fired back at his critics, saying that his accolades with the Hoops in his two spells in charge of Celtic show he has the mettle to take the job full-time next season.

Lennon warned not to go to war with Celtic fans

Lennon warned not to go to war with Celtic fans Rangers fan favourite Ally McCoist has warned Neil Lennon about going to war with Celtic supporters after he publicly criticised them earlier this week. Celtic are still on course to complete the ‘treble-treble’ ahead of their Scottish Cup Final against Hearts, but the mood was dampened in the green and white side of Glasgow last weekend following a toothless 2-0 defeat at Rangers. Fans weren’t happy after full-time, with some calling on Lennon to leave the club, which prompted the interim manager to hit back.

Neil Lennon is emerging from the shadows of Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan. Even within Group G, Celtic are due immense praise for securing a higher points tally than Benfica Privately, Lennon will unquestionably ponder such matters before this season ends. For now, he is fully entitled

Lennon was on record as stating he wanted a powerful striker to supplement his squad with before this campaign started. The position when Lennon accepted the Celtic job is the same as now: that top managers are hardly queueing for what was previously one of the more attractive posts in European

Speaking via the Daily Record, Lennon said:

“There is no evidence to suggest I can’t take the job on.”

“I have been here since 2000 and in that time Celtic have won 14 league titles and I have played a part in 10 of them.”

“So I think I know how to win titles here.”

“I think that gets overlooked. If we win the cup that will be my seventh cup and any time we lost the league that I have been involved in it was on the last day of the season.”

“I think there is a new breed of supporters, here or elsewhere. Since 20 years ago the only thing they have seen is success.”

“They don’t remember the 1990s as the older generation do. I can’t take it for granted, they might. That comes from an immaturity from their point of view.”

Lennon’s Hoops take on Hearts this weekend, in what could be the former Celtic midfielder’s last game in charge of his side.

Lennon's life "on hold" because of uncertainty over Celtic job.
Neil Lennon admits his “life is on hold” because of uncertainty surrounding the permanent job at Celtic. The Hoops legend is enjoying his second stint as manager, although he is only in temporary charge for the time being. He replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season, but it was agreed that he would only be manager until the summer. Lennon remains the front-runner to get the job permanently, although a host of other names have also been linked, including Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, Roberto Martinez and Daivd Moyes.

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