Chris Sutton admits he's 'surprised' by something Peter Lawwell said on Saturday

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

Celtic appointed Neil Lennon as their permanent manager on Saturday.

14th February 2019, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; UEFA Europa League football, Celtic versus Valencia; Ex Celtic striker Chris Sutton arrives to commentate for BT Sports

Pundit Chris Sutton has told BT Sport that he's surprised to hear Celtic's Peter Lawwell claim that Neil Lennon would have landed the job even if he'd lost the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic beat Hearts 2-1 at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon, as an Odsonne Edouard brace turned the game on its head after a Ryan Edwards opener.

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The Bhoys have now clinched a domestic treble this season, their third in a row, continuing their dominance of Scottish football.

 

Whilst the post-match celebrations were going on, Celtic announced that interim boss Lennon had been appointed as their full time manager, having returned in February.

Lennon came back as Celtic manager after Brendan Rodgers' exit to Leicester City, and has won two titles since returning, clinching the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Cup.

After Saturday's game, Lawwell confirmed to The Scottish Sun that Lennon would have been appointed as full-time boss even if he'd lost the cup final.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019...

That was a bold comment, especially as Lennon recently lost 2-0 to Rangers in a dismal display, and pundit Sutton has admitted that he's surprised to see Lawwell make such comments, as it made no sense to keep Lennon waiting if that was the plan all along.

“The thing which surprised me a little bit, was that I think Peter said he would have got the job even if he’d lost? [Why not give it him before then?] I think that’s the point,” he added.

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic with Peter Lawwell, Chief Executive of Celtic brfore the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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