Neil Lennon confirmed as Celtic manager on short-term deal following Brendan Rodgers’ move to Leicester City

26 Feb

Celtic have appointed Neil Lennon as interim boss until the end of the season.

The Scottish giants moved quickly to bring in Lennon on a short-term deal after Brendan Rodgers quit to join Leicester City.

Lennon has been out of work since January since leaving his job as Hibernian boss

Lennon won three league titles and two Scottish Cups in just over four years as Celtic manager after taking over from Tony Mowbray, initially on a temporary basis, in March 2010.

He will be assisted at Celtic Park in his second spell in the hotseat by Damien Duff and John Kennedy.

“I am absolutely delighted to be named manager of Celtic again,” said Lennon.

“This is a club which has been such a huge part of my life already and it is an honour to be asked to return.

“I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again. I will be doing all I can to continue the great work that has gone on in recent years.

“I am delighted that John Kennedy and Damien Duff have agreed to be part of my team. John will allow us to have important continuity and Damien will bring real knowledge and experience to the first team squad.

“I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football and I can’t wait to get started.”

Lennon’s appointment by Celtic was announced shortly after Rodgers’ move to Leicester was confirmed by the Premier League club.

Rodgers could be unveiled as Leicester boss on Tuesday night

Rodgers signed a deal with the Foxes until June 2022 after compensation was agreed with Celtic.

The 46-year-old, who was at the King Power Stadium to watch his new side’s Premier League match with Brighton on Tuesday night, said on the club website: “I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club.

“Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”

Rodgers, the former Liverpool boss, had been in charge at Parkhead since 2016 and led Celtic to an unprecedented domestic double-treble with the Hoops on course for a third.

Celtic are eight points clear of Rangers with the Betfred Cup already in the trophy room and with a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hibernian, whom Lennon left in January, to come at Easter Road on Saturday.

Rodgers is Leicester’s third permanent manager since they sacked title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri in February 2017.

Damien Duff: Former Chelsea winger could join Celtic’s coaching staff

27 Nov

Former Chelsea winger Damien Duff has held talks with Celtic about joining their coaching staff, according to reports.

Duff, 39, currently works in a youth coaching position for Shamrock Rovers in Ireland, but he is one of the contenders to become Celtic Under-20s coach, succeeding Shaun Maloney who left the position to join the Belgium national team set-up a couple of months ago.

Duff enjoyed a successful spell with Chelsea

The Sun claim Duff has already held talks with the Parkhead club about moving to Glasgow, though it is expected he will face stiff competition for the role with a number of applications submitted for the vacancy.

Duff is said to know Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers well, as the pair were at Chelsea together.

Rodgers was on the Blues’ coaching staff between 2004 and 2008, while Duff played for the Stamford Bridge club from 2003 to 2006.

The Republic of Ireland legend, who hung up his boots three years ago having played for his country 100 times, was a key member of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side that won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06, as well as the 2005 League Cup.

He went on to represent Newcastle, Fulham, Melbourne City and Shamrock Rovers after leaving Chelsea, having joined the Blues from first club Blackburn in 2003.