It has been the talk of the town for months ever since Chris Hughton was sacked from Norwich and the inevitable day has come where Celtic and Lennon have parted ways.
Now the Parkhead club must look to appoint a new man at the helm and soon before their Champions League qualifiers in July.
Here at Talking Baws we look at five managers Celtic fan’s wont want to replace Lennon.
By Scott MacArthur – @scottmacarthur8
1. Owen Coyle
The former Bolton boss has been linked with the Celtic job on a yearly basis, stated his interest and then never even made the shortlist. Yes he’s a massive fan of the club but as a manager has he ever really done anything? A promotion with Burnley back in 2009 set him up for a glittering career but sackings from Bolton and Wigan (where he only lasted 6 months) proved that Coyle can’t cut it at the big club and should certainly be nowhere near Celtic.
2. Jackie McNamara
Former Hoops captain McNamara has done really well since taking the step into management. After taking Partick Thistle to the Challenge Cup Final and up to 2nd place in the First Division, he was approached by Dundee United where he has since defeated rivals Rangers twice in cup competition and taken the club to a Scottish Cup Final where his side lost 2-0 to St Johnstone. However, McNamara has the same “look to youth” policy that has left Celtic fans frustrated for quite some time as they want someone in to do the business now not in a few years and this should be enough for the 40 year-old to stay put in Dundee.
3. Mick McCarthy
Another former Celtic player, Mick McCarthy’s name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Lennon. “No, please no” we can already hear echoing throughout Glasgow this Thursday afternoon. McCarthy quit as Ireland manager back in 2002 as he couldn’t handle the pressure and pressure is something which most certainly comes with Celtic Football Club. The Yorkshire man has performed relatively well with Ipswich in recent times and I’m sure Hoops fans will be happy to see him stay there.
4. John Collins
Collins has also been mentioned as a future Celtic manager ever since he won the League Cup with Hibs in 2007, the Edinburgh club’s first trophy in over 15 years. However, this has been his only real management job leaving the 46 year-old with little experience despite his role as Director of Football at Livingston from 2012 to 2013. Collins has since worked with Sky Sports and is now playing with Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Scottish Lowlands League. Not really Celtic standard by the looks of it.
5. Henrik Larsson
Ahh, the controversial one. I can already see Celtic fans across the world smashing their laptops up at this inclusion as Henrik Larsson is a God after all. But think about it. The Swede has little experience in management with spells at Landskrona BolS, and now Falkenbergs. If Larsson was to go to Celtic and fail to qualify for the Champions League his legend status could be at stake, something the 42 year-old may not want to risk. Larsson will be a Celtic manager one day but right now? I wouldn’t bet on it.