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Stephen Dobbie says recent struggles should not tarnish Neil Lennon's Celtic achievements

Bolton manager Neil Lennon

The Scottish forward believes the former Celtic manager would be a great candidate for the Hibernian job.

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

Former Hibernian striker Stephen Dobbie has insisted, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, that Neil Lennon's Celtic achievements should not be forgotten just because of his struggles at crisis club Bolton Wanderers.

When Lennon took over as manager of the Hoops in 2010 he inherited a side which had just a single Scottish League Cup triumph to their name in the last three seasons, and had fallen behind arch-rivals Rangers.

However, in his four full seasons in charge of his former side, the Northern Irishman led the Bhoys to five trophies including three successive league titles, and also steered them beyond the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in five years.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon

After leaving the Glasgow side he joined Bolton but during his time in Championship was hamstrung by financial problems, and left the Lancashire club in March shortly before their relegation to League One.

Despite those difficulties, Dobbie, who played under the 44-year-old at Bolton, insists that Lennon's achievements in reviving Celtic must not be forgotten and backed him as the right man to take charge at his former club Hibs.

Dobbie said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "I don’t think Neil’s reputation should be tarnished by what happened at Bolton because he was working under hard circumstances.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon

"It would have been a hard task for anyone to keep the team going in the situation we were in, so I don’t think what happened there has tarnished what he did at Celtic at all. He just needs a fresh start and another challenge. Going into a new club that’s on a high would give him a good boost.

"Hibs are on a high after winning the Scottish Cup and, if he goes in there, he’ll have a good chance of taking them out of the Championship without Rangers or Hearts being in there. He would be a great appointment for Hibs."

Lennon has been widely touted as a favourite to take over from Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, who left the Edinburgh club to join Rotherham United last week.

Stubbs himself has backed Lennon as the right man to succeed him, and a return to Scottish football could be the right way for the former midfielder to revive his managerial career.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and Bolton manager Neil Lennon

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