The Celtic board won’t offer Neil Lennon the full-time manager job because they don’t trust him, according to club great Chris Sutton.
Lennon returned to Parkhead in January following Brendan Rodgers’ swift departure for Leicester City and guided the Hoops to an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.
Speaking to the Daily Record ahead of the final, Sutton is adamant the interim manager is being kept in the dark about the club’s plans for next season.
If he knows what is going on with his future, then I’d want him in my poker team. I sat with him on Thursday to do an interview ahead of this final and he never cracked a light. I genuinely believe he doesn’t know himself and I find that strange in itself. In fact, it actually leads me to think the Celtic hierarchy do not really trust him. If Celtic really valued his skills, they would have appointed him on a full-time basis by now.
Celtic will also look to complete the ‘treble-treble’ by beating Hearts to win the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park this afternoon, however, Lennon’s future at the club remains in doubt.
The champions have lost just once in 13 games, yet Lennon is expected to be snuffed ahead of the 2019-20 season with supporters seemingly split over whether he should stay or not.
At the moment, it feels like anyone could be appointed but the board will want it sorted as soon as possible.
Leading candidates to become permanent Celtic manager
Moyes is a name that never seems to disappear and he’s the favourite for the job by some distance. He’s been out of management since leaving West Ham at the end of last season and this is something many will be interested to see.
Lennon remains the bookies’ second favourite for the full-time job, but he’ll be fully focused on clinching yet another piece of silverware this weekend.
His Newcastle departure this summer is looking more likely by the day and, if he wants a quick return to football, Scotland is a test he has not yet taken up.
Once a favourite for the job, Villas-Boas is now a clear outsider as it looks set he’ll be confirmed as Marseille manager.