Saturday 20 January 2018

Neil Lennon backs Henrik Larsson for Celtic job

Neil Lennon will have an input in the appointment of his successor at Celtic, according to the club's website. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Neil Lennon will have an input in the appointment of his successor at Celtic, according to the club's website. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon sees no reason why Henrik Larsson should not succeed him as Celtic manager.

The Northern Irishman, 42, stepped down on Thursday having led the club to three Scottish Premiership titles during his four-year spell in charge.

His former team-mate Larsson immediately became one of the front runners for the post.

Speaking to Sky Sports and STV at Glasgow airport before jetting out to Lisbon for the Champions League final with the Lisbon Lions, who won the European Cup for Celtic in the city in 1967, Lennon was asked if the former Sweden striker, now manager of Falkenbergs in his homeland, was ready to step into his shoes.

He said: "You will need to ask Henrik that but if he does I am sure he will be a huge success. Why not?

"He's had a fabulous career as a player, he is a very intelligent guy and knows the game very well."

Hakan Nilsson, sporting director of Falkenbergs, said: "There has not been any contact between us and Celtic and there has not been any enquiry whatsoever from Celtic."

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