Celtic boss Lennon ignores ‘nonsense’ speculation

Speculation over who Celtic's manager will be next season is 'just noise and nonsense', says current incumbent Neil Lennon.

Speculation over who Celtic’s manager will be next season is ‘just noise and nonsense’, says current incumbent Neil Lennon.

The 47-year-old was appointed on a temporary basis at Parkhead in February when Brendan Rodgers left to join Premier League Leicester.

However, with Celtic having won six and drawn two of their games under Lennon – results which include a victory over arch rivals Rangers and a Scottish Cup semi-final triumph over Aberdeen on Sunday – the club’s board is now facing a tricky decision over whether he should stay at the helm or not.

Recent reports have linked both ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and current Belgium manager Roberto Martinez with the role.

Major shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell will be the key decision-makers and, speaking after the 3-0 win over Aberdeen, Lennon said: ‘I spoke to Dermot on Saturday and he said all the speculation is just noise and nonsense.

‘I knew that anyway because these are class people I work for.

I’ve worked for them before and know the way they work.

‘He (Desmond) is a tough man.

He is very demanding, but that’s why he is who he is.

Again, I’ve had no guarantees, no reassurances, no promises.

‘I’m here to do a job and I’m taking it game by game.

‘ He added: ‘If the club perceives the best way forward is to go somewhere else, then who am I to argue with that? ‘That’s for other people to decide.

Then I’ve got a decision as well.

‘ Celtic will meet Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on May 25 when they will likely to playing to complete a hat-trick of domestic Trebles.

Having already won the League Cup, they could wrap up the Premiership title this weekend.