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The Five Former Celtic Players Among The Favourites To Replace Neil Lennon

The Five Former Celtic Players Among The Favourites To Replace Neil Lennon
By Mark Farrelly

Neil Lennon has issued a full statement this evening, following his resignation as Celtic manager, saying that he will aid the club in appointing his successor. One would imagine this should bode well for his former assistant Johan Mjallby, should he be interesting in returning to the club.

However, bookies have him as a 25/1 long shot of becoming manager so we thought we'd take a look at some of the other former Celtic players who are in the running.

Paul Lambert 10/1

If ever there was man who fit the adjective – favoured by the creators of Football Manager – 'beleaguered,' it's Paul Lambert. Despite only being in charge for two seasons at Aston Villa, he is now the fifth longest serving manager in the Premier League so maybe it's time for a change.

However, despite the fact he isn't the most popular man in Birmingham at the moment I highly doubt that he could be convinced to leave a Premier League post for Scotland.

Malky MacKay 13/2

It's obvious that MacKay is a more than capable manager and would no doubt do very well at Celtic but again I wouldn't hold my breath on him deciding that Celtic would be a good move at this point in his career.

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Jackie McNamara 3/1

The current Dundee United manager is probably the mostly suitably qualified for the role but given the unfriendly nature of his departure from Celtic in 2005 one would wonder if he will be able to mend bridges with the board.

If he can then I would be quietly gathering my pennies to back McNamara to become Celtic manager.

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David Moyes 3/1

Moyes spent three years at Celtic in the early 80s and while he is second favourite to replace Lennon, I can't see him being interested in the role at this juncture.

Despite his failure at Manchester United, one would imagine that Moyes will soon be back in employment with a decent sized Premier League club, determined to try rebuild his reputation.

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Henrik Larsson 2/1

Larsson is obviously a hugely popular figure around Celtic Park but he hasn't exactly been pulling up trees in his management career thus far.

He had a largely underwhelming spell in charge of Landskrona BoIS in the second tier of Swedish football before leaving in 2012. Larsson has since returned to football management with recently promoted Falkenberg and they are currently in mid-table after ten games. One would wonder if he has been successful enough to warrant such a short price.

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