Four reasons why Lennon must choose Celtic over Norwich City

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The Bhoys boss has today been linked with a move to Carrow Road, but there are plenty of reasons why the Northern Irishman should say no.

If reports are to be believed then Neil Lennon could soon be reaching the end of his tenure at Celtic – something which is a real shame considering the success he has enjoyed at Parkhead.

But before the 45-year-old makes the bold and potentially foolhardy move down to Norwich, here are four reasons why he should remain with the Bhoys.

Champions League over ChampionshipLast season Celtic competed at the top table of European football alongside the likes of Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona, while the previous season brought Juventus and Benfica to Parkhead.

They have also been mixing it up with resurgent sides like Aberdeen and Dundee United. Next term Norwich will line-up against Bolton, Huddersfield and Millwall - a no-brainer surely?

Silverware rather than hardship – The Scottish Premiership may have its critics but Lennon will nevertheless find it quite a contrast to move from a club with a rich tradition of success to one that has two League Cup wins to their name.

Let’s not forget that Celtic have reached a UEFA Cup final in recent years – Norwich’s European record extends to one victory over Bayern Munich! And while Celtic capture the league regularly, the treble has eluded them this term and represents a major achievement and target nonetheless.

The best the Canaries can hope for is a return to mid-table status in the Premier League.

Long-term project or short-term chaos – Over the years the Hoops have developed a long-term strategy when it comes to player acquisitions, with a number of talented youngsters recruited and sold on for profit. Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama are fine examples, while the club has also been able to bring through a number of young Scottish stars.

Norwich, on the other hand have veered wildly from one extreme to the other, with Paul Lambert recruiting a number of experienced journeymen during his time before successor Chris Hughton spent big on flops like Ricky van Wolfswinkel. With little in the way of order and few young players coming through, Lennon may find it tough going.

Global fanbase over Norfolk cult status – Lennon is undoubtedly a talented young manager and someone with the potential to build a real legacy at Celtic Park, which is why it would be a shame for him to trade it all in for a stint in England.

No one is expecting the Northern Irishman to stay in Scotland forever but with the Bhoys boasting a global following, further years of success could result in a bigger and better offer coming along – be patient Neil!

 

 

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