Former Celtic coach Alan Thompson says Neil Lennon would be on the same level as Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill if he delivers a tenth title in a row next season.
Thompson played alongside Lennon during his playing days and told the BBC greatness beckons for his former team-mate if he can win yet another Scottish Premiership.
He said: “To have the influence he’s had as a player and a manager, it’s not surprising, knowing the character that he is.
“Who knows what happens next season? If they go and do the 10 he’s up there with Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill in my eyes. He’s going to play a massive part. Fingers crossed he can go on and get that magical 10.”
Everything is set up for Celtic to push on again and win that historic tenth title, even though Rangers will be doing their best to stop them.
Would that make Lennon as good a manager as Stein and O’Neill? That might be a step too far but it would nail down his place in Parkhead history for sure.
Lennon would need to deliver success on a European scale to get close to O’Neill’s achievement of reaching the UEFA Cup final in 2003.
But finances have obscured the landscape; they make Celtic by far the dominant force in Scotland but hamstring their attempt to launch a serious assault on European trophies.