John Hartson has claimed on Twitter that Neil Lennon should be given the Celtic job beyond the end of the summer now, and he is spot on.
Lennon, 47, has earned two wins from two since taking over. Beating Hearts at Tynecastle, Lennon then masterminded a 2-0 win over his former side Hibernian at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup.
It has been an excellent start for Lennon, and Hartson is impressed. The former Celtic striker wants to see Lennon given the role beyond the end of the season.
Hartson posted his feelings on Twitter, urging the Celtic board to offer him a longer deal. The reasons for his opinion is that Lennon needs time to plan for beyond the summer – rather than just aiming to win the treble.
Give Neil Lennon the Celtic job now.. the board know what he brings.. so do the supporters. Let him organise the group for the coming seasons. 🍀
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) March 4, 2019
The Welshman is bang on. Celtic need a man that is going to provide them with heart, passion and success. No-one is better placed than Lennon to do that – but most of all Celtic need consistency.
Brendan Rodgers gave Celtic fans consistency, dominating Scottish football. A stop-gap appointment and then getting someone else in this summer will only disrupt the squad.
Who better than Lennon? Already a player and manager at Celtic, his love for the club is undeniable. On paper, there is no better candidate more suited to the Scottish champions than Lennon.
So why the wait? Lennon’s start to life at Parkhead shows that he has not lost his touch. With fans angry, players surprised and owners shocked at Rodgers choosing to leave, Lennon – of all people – has brought a calmness to Paradise.
Hartson is right. He deserves the job beyond his current deal.