Anthony Stokes wants Neil Lennon to stay at Celtic

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Anthony Stokes is keen for Neil Lennon to stay on as Celtic manager, but is there enough motivation?

As Neil Lennon celebrated his third successive Scottish league title on Wednesday, some Celtic fans would be forgiven for wondering if perhaps this is the end of the road in Glasgow for the 42-year-old.

The Northern Irishman took over the managerial responsibility of the Bhoys on a full-time basis in the summer of 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since.

Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership title for the past three seasons and the Scottish Cup twice. Under Lennon, the Hoops enjoyed one of their finest nights in Champions League history when they beat Barcelona in the group stage in 2012-13 and qualified for the last 16.

There is a feeling that Lennon has achieved all he could with Celtic, except perhaps a domestic treble. With Rangers not in the Scottish top flight, it is pretty much guaranteed that next season the Bhoys will successfully retain their league title.

There are strong reports that Premier League clubs are looking at Lennon. Norwich City have been heavily linked with the former Leicester City midfielder, while he himself has suggested that he is interested in moving south of the border.

However, the Celtic players are keen on Lennon remaining at Parkhead.

Striker Anthony Stokes, who scored twice against Partick Thistle in their 5-1 triumph on Wednesday that secured them the title, describes his manager as “outstanding” and hails his influence on him and his team-mates.

"He's been outstanding,” he told Sky Sports. “He's built his own squad here. All the players he's brought in so I can't praise him highly enough.

“He's had enough to deal with up here as well. With that in the background, it's been phenomenal what he has done.

"I'm sure everyone at the club, including myself, want him to stay for as long as possible.

“It's not easy to win games, week in week out. The gaffer tells us that before every game.

“We can only beat what's in front of us and at the same time keep trying to improve, improving the squad. Everyone has a goal for Europe as well."

 

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