John Hartson backs Neil Lennon to return to Celtic manager hotseat

Ronny Deila is departing Celtic at the end of the season.

Celtic have today announced that Ronny Deila will be leaving the club at the end of the season and already the rumour mill is churning regarding his potential replacement.

One name that has come up is Neil Lennon.

He is a former Celtic manager and is currently out of work after leaving Bolton Wanderers. The former Northern Ireland international midfielder has now confirmed that he would in fact be interested in taking the job if he was offered the role this summer.

He certainly has the backing of one former team-mate.

John Hartson was a good friend of Lennon’s during his time at Celtic and the former Wales international striker has come out in support of Lennon’s bid to become Celtic boss again. He told Sky Sports News HQ (20/04/16):

“I would love to see Neil back at Celtic. But there’s plenty of other candidates there’s managers out there that would love the job. It’s a great job, a fantastic club.

“You’ve got to be able to deal with the demands of having to win predominantly. You need to win trophies.

“In terms of Neil Lennon he has been there before, he is somebody who thrives on pressure. He’s a strong man, a strong personality so he is one of many I am sure the Celtic board will consider.”

Lennon struggled in his last job at Bolton but his time at Celtic was largely impressive. Great European nights were at a premium under Deila but Lennon brought plenty of them to Celtic Park during his time at the club.

He also has experience of managing a unique club like Celtic and would surely be a hit again.

The likes of David Moyes and Roy Keane are also being linked with the role.

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