Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is older, wiser and has the hunger and desire to return to the club as boss for a second spell.
Lennon left the club after four years in charge having won three Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish cups and became only the second manager in the club’s history to guide them through to the last sixteen of the Champions League.
The former Celtic gaffer had an ill-fated eighteen month spell as Bolton Manager, which ended in his sacking in March of this year with the club heavily in debt and eventually relegated from the Championship.
The former Celtic player believes the circumstances and constraints he had to work under in England will not have left a black mark on his cv for future employment.
Celtic are looking for a new manager since current boss Ronny Deila announced he’d be leaving the club in the summer after failing to build an entertaining side, despite being on the verge of their fifth consecutive title.
Lennon says he believes he has more to offer Celtic, if they decide to go back to him as Deila’s replacement.
“ I’ve got eighteen months more experience, I know the market, I know the club, I know the majority of the players because they worked under me and I still have that burning hunger to work again and achieve things.”
“ I’m far better for the experience of having worked at a club like Celtic, where you are used to winning things and a club like Bolton, where you have to really get your hands dirty and manage through difficult times.”
“ I think I am more rounded as an individual now, than I was before.”
Lennon is one of a number of candidates being linked with the forthcoming vacancy. David Moyes is the favourite to land the job with Roy Keane, Brendan Rodgers, Owen Coyle and Michael O’Neill all being quoted as front runners for the job.
Lennon has the experience of working under chief executive Peter Lawwell and says he doesn’t believe the board will have to splash a huge amount of cash to get the fans back through the turnstiles in greater numbers for the challenge of Rangers back in the Premiership.
“I don’t think it needs major surgery. It’s going to be difficult anyway with people saying this player should go and that should happen, it doesn’t happen that way.”
“I think they do need a couple of additions, I think they need support for Leigh Griffiths, in terms of someone else to weigh in with some goals.”
“i also think they need an injection of pace in the team as well. That was apparent on Sunday (v Rangers) there wasn’t enough pace in the team either.”
“i don’t think it needs major surgery.”