Celtic legend Davie Hay unsure the likes of Rafael Benitez would do better than Neil Lennon at Parkhead

Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon walks to the dugout before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Celtic legend Lennon has come under scrutiny during his second stint as Hoops manager.

Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon walks to the dugout before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Celtic legend Davie Hay has thrown his weight behind the prospect of permanently appointing Neil Lennon as Hoops manager, suggesting that a "sexier name" like Rafael Benitez may not necessarily do a better job than the Bhoys legend.

Lennon took the Celtic reins until the end of the season after Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City and succeeded in getting the Glasgow side over the line to an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.

 

The Hoops are also in contention for the Scottish Cup, preparing to lock horns against Hearts at Hampden Park, and victory would see them claim a treble treble of domestic trophies.

However, there has been criticism of Lennon's tactics given Celtic picked up numerous goalless draws under him, not to mention the recent morale-sapping defeat against Old Firm rivals Rangers away at Ibrox.

The likes of Benitez and Jose Mourinho have been linked with the Parkhead dugout but Hay has stressed that a big name is no guarantee of success, while saying Lennon knows what it takes to be Bhoys manager, having delivered in his prior stint at the club.

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"I don’t know if they [the fans] are looking for a sexier name, or a more high-profile name," the former Hoops boss wrote in the Glasgow Evening Times. "That seems to be the driving reason behind this apathy around Neil. It has led to some fans picking apart performances and blowing things up because of that.

"If I was pressed on whether I think he will get it or not, I’m now really not so sure. Names like Rafa Benitez get the fans excited, but would they do any better of a job at Celtic than Neil? If he gets it, I think Neil could do as good a job as anyone who has been linked with the post. A big name is no guarantee of success, by the way."

Celtic manager David Hay (c) looks on from the bench during a match in Scotland circa 1983, Hay was manager of Celtic from 1983-87.

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