Bookmakers immediately alter Neil Lennon's odds of becoming Celtic manager, Stubbs touted

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Neil Lennon left Bolton Wanderers today, prompting talk of a return to Celtic.

Bolton Wanderers today confirmed on their official website that manager Neil Lennon has left the club by mutual consent - sparking rumours of a return to Celtic.

Lennon, 44, leaves the Trotters bottom of the Championship table after a host of financial difficulties during his time at the club, and after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Preston North End, Bolton lie 11 points adrift of safety.

Now, Lennon is a free agent and may look to take an extended break from management after a stressful spell in charge at the Macron Stadium, but there are already thoughts about Lennon's next job.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder enjoyed four years in charge of Celtic, and left in the summer of 2014 with a win rate of almost 70%, winning three league titles and two Scottish Cups during his time in charge of the Glasgow giants.

Lennon told The Guardian back in February that he would be keen on a return to Celtic at some stage in the future, and the bookmakers have responded to his sacking by making him one of the favourites to replace the struggling Ronny Deila as Bhoys boss.

With odds compiled by Oddschecker, Lennon is now as short as 2/1 to return to Celtic, with two other managers in contention with similar odds, in Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill, and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, who used to play for Celtic as a defender.

Lennon has a connection with the Celtic fans, and his previous record with the club speaks for itself, but whether the Bhoys hierarchy would be so keen to bring him back just two years after his departure remains to be seen.

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