Who would replace Lennon at Celtic?

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Updated: November 4, 2011

Who would replace Lennon?

Currently twelve points behind leaders Rangers and on the verge of elimination from the Europa League, Neil Lennon’s reign at Celtic Park could be coming to an end. The former Northern Ireland international is in his second full season in charge of the Bhoys and has yet to win the SPL.

The board at Celtic Park will surely be scanning some possible replacements if they do decide to part company with Lennon. I look at some of the candidates…

The favourites

Roy Keane- The former Man United midfielder is currently looking for work after being sacked by Ipswich last season. He spent a year at Celtic Park and would be a fans favourite. He took charge of Sunderland when they were bottom of the Championship during the 2006-07 season and guided them to promotion. Things didn’t go his way in the Premier League though and he was sacked in 2008. Soon after he was hired by struggling Ipswich. He couldn’t work his magic at Portman Road and left in January 2010. Since then he has been mainly doing TV punditry and many Celtic fans would love to see the Cork native take over from Lennon. Roy is also being linked with the vacant Leicester City job so maybe the 5/1 is a generous price.
Current odds: 5/1

Mick McCarthy- The current Wolves manager played for Celtic during his career and would be another extremely popular appointment. His job is reportedly on the line at Molinuex thanks to an indifferent start to the season and he might be the next Celtic boss in waiting if he does get the sack from Wolves.
Current odds: 6/1

Mark Hughes- The former Man United and Chelsea striker is currently looking for work after leaving Fulham last summer. He has tons of experience as a manger after spells with Wales, Blackburn and Man City. The former Welsh international would be an ideal candidate for the job but how popular he would be at Celtic Park is questionably.
Current odds: 10/1

Martin O’Neill- If the Celtic fans could pick one man to manage their side, Martin O’Neill would probably be the one. Following his resignation from Villa a couple of years ago, O’Neill has spent time with his sick wife but reports suggest he is now ready to return to management. The 59 year old spent five years at the helm and was extremely successful. He won seven trophies with Celtic during his 5 year spell and was a fans favourite.
Current odds: 10/1

Owen Coyle- The Bolton boss is another manager under severe pressure. He never played for Celtic despite playing with a lot of clubs in Scotland but would fit right in at Celtic Park. He guided Burnley to promotion and would suit Celtic as he has shown his ability to work with tight budgets at Burnley and Bolton.
Current odds: 10/1

The outsiders:

Paul Lambert- The Norwich boss played over 150 times for Celtic and would be another fans favourite but is unlikely to leave his post at Carrow Road.

Slaven Bilic- The Croatia boss is an extremely talented manager but is unlikely to move to Scotland.

Craig Levein- The current Scotland boss has committed his long term future to the national side and with just missing out on Euro 2012 qualification, Levein will want to go one step further next time.

Henrik Larsson- The Celtic legend has no real managerial experience and is unlikely to be appointed just yet but maybe in the future.

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