Neil Lennon linked with European job after link to Celtic legend

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reportedly in talks over the Rapid Bucharest vacancy. The Irishman was a guest at the Celtic POTY event as he picked up an award on behalf of Scott Brown; however, he could be returning to the dugout soon.

According to reports in Romania (via Yahoo), Lennon has spoken to the club about taking over ahead of the new campaign following a disappointing season. It was believed that Martin O’Neill had been the Celtic legend that was in discussions regarding the job but it has since emerged that it is Lenny.

Lennon has proven that he is willing to go to Europe for his next role with success at Omonia Nicosia, where he led them to a Cypriot Cup and Europa League Group Stage football, before a surprise departure at the end of 2022.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 13: Neil Lennon coach of Celtic celebrates with the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy following the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Hearts, at Celtic Park on May 13, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Lynne Cameron-Pool/Getty Images)

Lennon has a very good managerial CV, without even discussing his successes as a player, after taking over from Tony Mowbray in 2010. Lennon boasted an impressive win rate with 159 wins in 227 matches – including excellent displays in Europe. In that time, Lennon recorded three league titles and two Scottish Cups before departing the club.

An ill-fated spell at Bolton was followed by further success at Hibs, winning the Championship and recording their highest ever League finish before a surprise return to Celtic in 2019 after Brendan Rodgers left the club for Leicester City. Lennon helped complete the Treble Treble before winning a Treble of his own the following season. He left the club during the COVID season, which had an impact on everyone at the club.

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