Date: 6th May 2019 at 10:14am
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Peter Lawwell has congratulated Neil Lennon on delivering the SPFL title but given no indication if the Irishman will be given the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

At the end of February the hoops Chief Executive turned to his former manager when Leicester City presented the compensation cheque for Brendan Rodgers.

Since announcing Lennon as the caretaker manager nothing has been heard from inside Celtic Park with some key dates now looming.

On June 18 the draws for the first two rounds of Champions League qualifiers will be made with Celtic back in action on July 9 or 10- just six weeks after facing Hearts in the final of the Scottish Cup.

Jose Mourinho’s name was linked with the Celtic job yesterday but in a interview for the club website Lawwell gave nothing away in terms of where Lennon stands.

I would like to thank Neil for his crucial role in the campaign,” the long term Celtic chief said. “At a difficult time for us, he took on the challenge, winning big games and driving us over the line.

He knows all about winning with Celtic and deserves real credit, as does John Kennedy who provided great continuity and a significant contribution throughout the season, Damien Duff and, of course, the rest of the backroom staff.

Brendan, too, played a huge part in our success this season laying the foundations for another title win and we thank him for this great contribution. Throughout his period as Celtic manager, he achieved great things and he deserves our thanks again for being part of eight-in-a-row.”

Mourinho is the 2/1 second favourite with the bookies behind Lennon (even money) to become the next manager of Celtic.