Celtic confirm Lennon’s return as interim boss after Rodgers joined Leicester

Celtic has named Neil Lennon their interim boss until the end of the current campaign after head coach Brendan Rodgers joined former Premier League champions Leicester City.

This marks a very unlikely return to the club for the Northern Irish tactician almost five years after the coach left the side following an illustrious 4-season spell at the club.

John Kennedy will work with him as assistant and former Premier League star Damien Duff will be Celtic’s first team coach and club chief executive Peter Lawwell confirmed the move will bring importnat continuity and permit the club to build on the legacy of Brendan Rodgers.

Lennon held discussions with the Scottish League champions on Tuesday after former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was handed permission to negotiate with the Foxes about becoming their new manager.

Northern Irish tactician, who won three league titles and two Cups between 2010 and 2014 seasons, has a tough two seasons at English Championship club Bolton after departing Parkhead before joining Hibernian back in 2016.

The tactician left the Edinburgh club in the New Year by mutual consent, which also involved the removal of an initial ban following a heated squad meeting at their training base.

Just a month after he has returned to the league and said he is very much delighted. He confirmed that the Scottish club has been such a massive part of his life already and it is a big honour to be called back.

His first match since appointment, with his new squad eight points clear of nearest rivals Rangers at the summit of the Scottish Premiership, is against Hearts on Wednesday.

Former boss Brendan Rodgers has replaced sacked former  Lille, Lyon, Nice and Southampton manager Claude Puel at Premier League club Leicester City on a three-year contract until the summer of 2022.

 

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