Could exciting striker Zach Clough become Lennon's first signing for Celtic?

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If re-appointed Celtic boss, it would make sense that Neil Lennon looks back to Bolton.

Uncertainty over Ronny Deila's future at Celtic ended when the manager announced this morning he was stepping down at the end of the season, issuing a statement via the club website.

Former manager Neil Lennon subsequently told The BBC that he was open to a return to the club, stating: "I would definitely be interested."

Lennon is available after leaving cash strapped Bolton in March, but if he is appointed as Celtic boss once again, it would be very possible that he looks back to the Championship side in the transfer market.

Bolton's prize asset is striker Zach Clough, who at 21 has been leading the line for the struggling team all season.

He is player Lennon regards highly, telling the Lancashire Telegraph this season that he is a player he could build the team around.

He said: "Zach Clough – would you want to build a team around someone with that quality? Without heaping too much pressure on Zach, yes you would."

The Metro reported two months ago that Clough will be a transfer target for Aston Villa this summer, and with Bolton relegated to League One, other Championship sides are likely to be interested in the youngster who impressed last season against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Bolton are not in a strong position financially to dictate terms, and Celtic could potentially snap him up for a bargain fee.

Lennon would have to be appointed back as Celtic manager first, but his presence at the club could give them an edge over Championship sides pursuing his signature.

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