Sources claim Celtic have new frontrunner to replace Lennon

It looks like Celtic have already started preparing for life after Neil Lennon although they have backed him publicly to turn things around till now.

There was feeling among the Celtic fans that Neil Lennon could not survive the 1-1 draw at home against St Johnstone. The result had left them 13 points behind the Rangers in the Premiership table in a season when they are chasing the historic 10IAR. On top of that, they are already out of Europe as well as the Scottish League Cup.

Yet, the board has come out once again to back the manager in a public statement. And they have also mad clear that there will not even think about making a change this year.

The team hasn’t shown anything over the past couple of months to suggest that they can turn things around though. In fact, the performances have probably continued to deteriorate with every passing game. As a result, it is confusing why the board won’t make a change with the fate of 10IAR hanging by a thread.

If recent reports are accurate then they might already be preparing for life after Lennon though. 90 Min have revealed that one of the frontrunners to take the Celtic job is Paul Lambert:

A source has confirmed that should they decide to change track, club legend Lambert is very much in their thinking, and would be one of the early frontrunners if the change was made now.

Lambert had a very successful career as a player at Parkhead. He managed to win 8 trophies during the 8 seasons he spent at the club. And he also has some decent experience as manager, having managed the likes of Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City.

Lambert has emerged as a new candidate for the job as till now, the rumour mill has been dominated by the likes of Eddie Howe, Gordon Strachan and Martin O’Neill. He is most probably not the right choice for the Celtic job though. Currently, he is manager of English third division side Ipswich Town. And the only trophy that he has ever won as a manager was the League One with Norwich City back in 2010.

This could be another occasion when the board go for someone with a connection with the club instead of a manager who could actually come in and turn things around.