The Graham Cummins column: Lennon is a Celtic hero but I'm not sure he has the cailbre of Brendan Rodgers

The Graham Cummins column: Lennon is a Celtic hero but I'm not sure he has the cailbre of Brendan Rodgers
Celtic's Neil Lennon. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

TWO wins from two but I’m not convinced that Neil Lennon is the right man to be the permanent Celtic manager.

If Lennon manages to guide Celtic to the ‘treble treble’ then it will be hard to look past the Ulster man but I just feel he has had his time at the club and Celtic need to try and get someone the same calibre as Brendan Rodgers.

In an ideal world, Rodgers would have stayed at the club but the Hoops need to move on and appointing Lennon on a permanent basis would be a step backwards.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and Jamie Vardy. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and Jamie Vardy. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire.

Yes, Lennon is loved by the fans and the former player obviously loves the club but that doesn’t make him the perfect candidate.

His record during his previous spell as manager of the club was very good.

In Lennon’s four years at the club, Celtic won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and had some famous European victories including beating Barcelona 2-1 in 2012.

However, his career since leaving Celtic is nothing to gloat about. His record as Bolton manager was poor and although he managed to gain promotion and guide Hibernian to Europe during his two-and-a-half years at the club, considering the budget Hibs had, that is the least he should have achieved.

When he departed Hibs in January the club were seventh in the table which is not good enough.

It was a smart move by Celtic owner Dermot Desmond to appoint Lennon to replace Rodgers for now.

Lennon knew the club, he would have known what the players were like from playing against them with Hibs and wouldn’t need time to settle into a new area having lived in Scotland so long.

With such little time left in the season, it made sense by Desmond to appoint a manager that could hit the ground running. Celtic couldn’t afford to appoint someone who would need time to adjust to life at the club.

Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire. 
Picture: Graham Stuart/PA Wire. 

Lennon knows that he doesn’t have to make many alterations and that he should keep things as they were to give the Hoops the best chance of winning the ‘treble treble’.

However, there need to be changes at Celtic in the summer.

They need to sign better quality players if they want to win a historic 10 in-a-row and if they want to be some way competitive in Europe again.

I don’t believe Lennon is the right man for the job.

Celtic need to appoint a manager that will bring excitement and optimism to the club just like Rodgers did.

It’s going to be difficult for Celtic to appoint someone as good as Rodgers but Celtic are a massive club and they need to show ambition.

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