Alan Brazil sends urgent message to Celtic, claims they must appoint Neil Lennon

Alan Brazil believes Celtic should replace Ronny Deila with Neil Lennon.

Pundit and former Scotland international Alan Brazil has told The Sunday Post that Celtic must move to appoint Neil Lennon as their new manager.

The Bhoys have had a topsy-turvy season under Ronny Deila, as whilst they are on course to win the Scottish Premiership and sit in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, exits from both the Champions League and Europa League have piled the pressure on Norwegian Deila.

Some fans have turned against Deila and win him to be replaced this summer, with David Moyes a prominent name in the conversation, along with Neil Lennon.

Lennon, 44, managed Celtic for more than four years between 2010 and 2014, winning three league titles and two Scottish Cups, before leaving at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Lennon moved on to Bolton Wanderers, but after difficult circumstances with the club's financial problems, Lennon has now left the Macron Stadium and is a free agent, prompting talk of a return to Celtic Park as Deila's successor this summer.

Now, former Scotland international and current pundit Alan Brazil has told The Sunday Post that his boyhood club Celtic must take action and get back to the Champions League, and in order to do that, the Bhoys need to bring in Lennon as Deila's replacement as soon as possible.

"Way back in October of last year, after the Bhoys’ embarrassing Europa League mauling in Molde, I called on Peter Lawwell to bring Neil Lennon back to Parkhead. It didn’t happen," said Brazil. "Now, having left Bolton Wanderers, Lenny is available and I believe even more strongly than before that Celtic should snap him up."

"The time is now for Celtic to stop consolidating and start strengthening. It’s time to aim high rather than set the bar low. That’s the only way to bring the crowds back, it’s the only way to reach the Champions League after two seasons away, and it’s the only way to guarantee domestic success. Can Ronny Deila lead that project? I’m sorry, but I have seen nothing to suggest he can. When it comes to Neil Lennon, there’s no doubt in my mind, and there’s proof of that from his time as Celtic manager. So I believe it’s now time for the Parkhead Board to act," he added.

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