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Celtic board urged to give Lennon five year deal

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There’s little doubt that Neil Lennon was a popular team-mate, in their regular media appearances John Hartson and Chris Sutton make it quite clear that they believe he should get the Celtic manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Yesterday Davie Moyes and Rafa Benitez were linked with the vacancy but there’s little doubt Lennon is the man in possession as the bookies’ odds highlight.

The result of Sunday’s Glasgow derby will have a big bearing on Lennon’s prospects with a strong performance and three points making it difficult for the Celtic board to look elsewhere.

Didier Agathe arrived at Celtic a couple of months before the Irishman and has watched from a distance the development of his career in management

Speaking to The Sun he explained:

I was sad to see Brendan Rodgers leave Celtic. He was a fantastic manager for the club. To win so many trophies was incredible, and the timing of his departure came as a surprise but when I heard that Lenny was coming in to replace him until the end of the season, I was so happy.

There was no other choice. Neil Lennon is the perfect manager to take over and lead Celtic. It’s not been an easy period for Lenny, but he has got results and Celtic are close to another title.

I expect them to be champions again, and when that happens I hope the Celtic board give Lenny a long contract.

In modern football, clubs change managers all the time. You don’t get long-serving coaches like Arsene Wenger any more but Lenny can be Celtic boss for the next five years, no problem. Rodgers is a difficult man to replace, but Lenny can do the job.

Nobody has more passion for the club than him. He is a top manager, he understands Celtic, he has been successful before, and the fans love him. Lenny is the perfect choice to take Celtic forward as they try to win ten-in-a-row.”

Lennon has barely put a foot wrong since taking over as caretaker with a squad of players baffled by the departure of Rodgers and riddled with injuries.

Securing a place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and extending the lead at the top of the SPFL to 10 points has put one hand on the trophy with a derby success taking the hoops to within a couple of wins of clinching an eighth successive title.

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