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Brown: Bhoys want Lennon as boss

Celtic's players are right behind Neil Lennon in his bid to become the club's full-time manager, according to skipper Scott Brown.

The Northern Irishman ended his tenure as interim boss with eight successive Scottish Premier League wins at the end of the season to strengthen his case to become successor to sacked Tony Mowbray.

However, the Parkhead board have not yet asked the ex-Celtic captain to take over on a permanent basis.

Brown, at Celtic Park yesterday for the launch of next season's new home kit, revealed the players are "hoping" Lennon gets the job but would like a decision made one way or the other before pre-season starts on July 1.

Brown said: "I think we all hope he gets the job because of what he has done in the last eight games.

"It's the best form we've hit in two years so he deserves a chance.

"He has done everything he possibly can and it shows that we have fighting spirit left in us.

"I'm sure the club will have it sorted out by July 1 so we can go flying into pre-season. It is up to the club but it would help us.

"But we are quite relaxed and quite open about it, and whatever the board decides we will be happy."

The uncertainty surrounding the next Celtic manager has not stopped transfer activity at the Parkhead club and Sol Campbell is reportedly considering an offer to move to Glasgow.

The 35-year-old defender joined Arsenal for a second time on a short-term deal in January and will mull over the offer of a one-year contract from the London club.

Brown, though, admits he would welcome such a big name signing.

He said: "I think it's important to get a manager in place before we sign anyone but I'm sure there will be a few big names coming in as well.

"His (Campbell's) experience would really help."