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Frank McAvennie identifies manager he wants to replace Neil Lennon at Celtic

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Frank McAvennie identifies manager he wants to replace Neil Lennon at Celtic

Frank McAvennie has told Open Goal that he would not mind Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke being offered the chance to manage Celtic, after Neil Lennon’s interim period finishes.

Lennon was brought to Celtic Park in February as an interim replacement for Brendan Rodgers, and has since managed 12 league and cup fixtures – winning eight of those, but losing to Old Firm rivals Rangers last time out.

The poor performance saw Celtic lose 2-0, and has put serious question marks over whether Lennon should be given the role on a full-time basis. A whole host of managers have been linked, most recently Claudio Ranieri.


Hoops hero McAvennie was discussing the future of Clarke, with his future up in the air despite winning the PFA Scotland manager of the Year. Reports say he could take the Celtic job, but McAvennie suggested Celtic.

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“He’s worked with all the best managers, even Jose Mourinho when he was at his best,” McAvennie said. “[The Scotland job] would be good for him. But if Lenny was not getting the Celtic job, I wouldn’t mind him.

“I’ve heard some rumours that their is a big name coming in, so we’ll see.”

TBR’s view

On a shoe string, Clarke has taken Killie from an established bottom-six club into the top six and even masterminded a promising looking title challenge up until the latter stages of the season.

Killie are sitting in third place, and need to remain in that position if they are to qualify for Europa League football. If they are to do so, they must get a result against Rangers on Sunday at Rugby Park.

But Clarke has completely turned Killie around. With his contract expiring this summer, he looks set to leave though and either the Scotland or Celtic job is well deserved.

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