Neil Lennon responds to speculation linking him with Celtic job

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Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon says it's not fair on Ronny Deila if he spoke about rumours linking him with a return to the Scottish Premiership giants.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has claimed to Belfast Live that it is disrespectful to speak about the prospect of replacing Ronny Deila at Parkhead.

The 44-year-old, who won three Scottish Premiership titles with the Hoops as head coach, has been linked with a return to the club he quit in 2014 after four trophy-laden years.

Deila is reportedly under increasing pressure to keep his job beyond this summer (The Mail) as Celtic make hard work of what should have perhaps been a one-horse title race, but Aberdeen sit four points adrift after playing one match more.

The Northern Irishman is said to be in the frame to replace the under-fire Norwegian, but club legend Lennon refused to comment on the rumours, insisting that the fans must simply get behind the team as they chase a domestic double.

“When I was growing up the Celtic job was a revered position. Getting it was the biggest privilege of my life and it has to be respected," he said to Belfast Live.

“So if you are asking me am I going to replace Ronny you are not respecting the man in charge. There is a manager in charge and you should support him the best you can.

“There will be times that he will disappoint you, just like I disappointed you, but just enjoy the ride and get behind him because he has a chance of winning the double this season.”

 

Many Celtic fans would love to see their former midfielder take the reins once more, with Lennon seemingly possessing more of a European pedigree than his Norwegian counterpart.

 

In 2012, Lennon, who was sacked by Bolton earlier this month, masterminded a 2-1 Champions League win over Barcelona, whereas Deila's side have failed to reach the group stages over the past two seasons.

 

They face Rangers in a much-anticipated Scottish Cup semi-final on April 17. Defeat at Hampden and the writing may well be on the wall for Deila.

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