Next Celtic Manager: Will Lennon be shown the door?
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Reigning Scottish champions Celtic have been having a hugely disappointing season thus far and much of the blame for their unconvincing form has been lain squarely at the feet of Neil Lennon, therefore with the future of the Hoops boss still in doubt despite some encouraging recent results, now is a great time to take advantage of some exceptional Celtic betting odds and free bets as the search for a suitable replacement intensifies.
05.01.21 Old Firm Defeat
Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Rangers in the weekend Old Firm derby left Neil Lennon’s men some nineteen points behind in the race for the Scottish Premiership title, however majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has given the under-fire boss his full backing to continue until the end of the season.
Following Celtic’s poor performances since the start of the campaign, Lennon’s position had been placed under review although despite the side effectively out of the title race at this relatively early stage of the season, he still has the full backing of the board.
Chief Executive Peter Lawwell and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond have both given the manager their unreserved backing, the latter convinced that there are many positives which suggest that Lennon is managing to steer the side back on the right track.
Should Rangers win the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership title, it would be the first time since 2011 that the Hoops have failed to finish top of the pile. This would add to the misery of a campaign which saw Celtic crash out of the Champions League qualifiers before finishing at the foot of their Europa League group.
Following a home defeat to Ross County and a draw with St Johnstone, angry demonstrations took place at Parkhead and both Lawwell and Desmond have been the subject of chants by fans who are held aloft ‘Sack The Board’ banners.
31.12.20 Old Firm Derby Looming
Following some excellent domestic results, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has very much eased the pressure on himself. The Hoops clinched an unprecedented quadruple Treble thanks to their Scottish Cup victory over Heart of Midlothian and they followed this with convincing wins-to-nil over Ross County (2-0), Hamilton Academical (0-3) and Dundee United (3-0) in the Scottish Premiership. Lennon’s side remain some distance off the top of the table with a full sixteen points separating them from table-topping Rangers as things stand, however they do enjoy three games-in-hand over Steven Gerrard’s men and will be brimming with confidence ahead of their weekend trip to Ibrox for the second Old Firm derby of the season.
This could be make or break time for Lennon. Indeed, while the board have given the manager their full backing on two occasions recently, a second successive defeat in this derby match would be hard to take. Failure to manage anything at the home of their biggest rivals would pile the pressure back onto the under fire boss and the bookies are still offering odds on who would take the reins in the event of Lennon being shown the door.
As things stand, Martin O’Neill is deemed the man most likely to succeed Lennon in the event that his position becomes vacant in the coming weeks, the bookies going 5/4 that the Irishman takes the reins. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe comes in next in the betting market at odds of 3/1 while Jack Ross is also a 3/1 punt with BetVictor to take over from Lennon should he be sacked any time soon.
At odds of 12/1, Slaven Bilic has entered the race following his recent dismissal from West Bromwich Albion earlier this week. The Croat lifted the Baggies into the Premier League from the Championship at the end of last season and he would certainly relish the chance to take the reins at Parkhead should he be offered the position any time soon.
5/4 – Martin O’Neill
3/1 – Eddie Howe
3/1 – Jack Ross
8/1 – Gordon Strachan
12/1 – Slaven Bilic
12/1 – Roy Keane
Neil Lennon eased the pressure on himself when his side snatched the much-delayed Scottish Cup from under the noses of Heart of Midlothian at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon, the Hoops surging two goals ahead but the Jambos pulling level within the ninety minutes. A goal apiece for each side in extra-time led to penalties and Neil Lennon’s men had the edge here, brushing aside Hearts to the tune of 4-3 from the spot.
This much-needed win gave Celtic an unprecedented Treble and it also boosted the chances of under-fire boss Neil Lennon keeping his job at Parkhead. The Hoops gaffer has been feeling the pressure following his side’s poor performances in Europe and the Scottish Premiership, the side trailing Rangers by a full sixteen points in the Scottish top-flight, albeit with three games in hand.
Should Lennon be shown the door any time soon, Martin O’Neill remains his most likely successor at Parkhead with most firms going 5/4 that he finds himself in the hot-seat.
18.12.20 Scottish Cup Final
Although he has already received the backing of the board, Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be eager to further boost his chances of remaining in the hot-seat at Parkhead by steering his side to victory over Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup Final this Sunday. Some will look to this Hampden Park clash with the Jambos as a chance for the Hoops to kick-start confidence as they seek to pull themselves back into the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Lennon’s men have been faltering in their attempt to make it ten in a row while the Celtic boss’s job looked to be on the line as his men were dumped out of the Scottish League Cup following a 2-0 defeat at home to Ross County last month.
Nevertheless the Hoops gaffer received the backing of the club hierarchy twice before steering his charges to two wins on the bounce ahead of a much-needed midweek break ahead of the delayed 2019/20 Scottish Cup Final.
There can be little doubt that Celtic’s recent wins will have lifted a side which were clearly struggling in confidence and this weekend’s outing will be a welcome distraction from the struggles of the 2020/21 title challenge. Nevertheless Lennon’s side will be in for a tough time against a Hearts outfit which are chock-full of Premiership players.
This may well be a chance for Celtic to win their twelfth trophy in a row and seal an unprecedented quadruple treble, however failure to do so would be a massive disappointment and perhaps more importantly, it could cause the board to reconsider their backing for the under-fire manager.
17.12.20 Slaven Bilic enters the race
Celtic managed to string together two consecutive wins for the first time since early October when they beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Celtic Park on Sunday, this much-needed victory coming on the back of a 3-2 win over Lille in the final Europa League group match. Nevertheless the latter result came too late to save Celtic’s disastrous European campaign and Neil Lennon’s men remain thirteen points behind arch-rivals Rangers in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Undoubtedly the win over Killie will have eased the pressure slightly on Celtic’s under-fire manager as will the backing from the club hierarchy, however should the Hoops fall further behind the Gers or fail to take maximum points from their two games-in-hand, then the board will be under pressure to review the situation.
The bookmakers continue to make Martin O’Neill firm favourite to take over at the club in the event of Neil Lennon being dismissed or resigning, most firms going 5/4 on the Irishman. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe remains second favourite in the betting market although his odds have drifted slightly over the past week from 2/1 to 3/1, the same as Hibernian gaffer Jack Ross.
11.12.20 Doom and gloom at Celtic Park
Celtic managed to save their blushes slightly when beating Lille 3-2 in their final Europa League group outing last night, however Neil Lennon’s men still finished bottom of the group with defeats in five of their six outings. Matters were made worse by arch-rivals Rangers qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition as group winners and the pressure will be mounting on the under-fire Hoops boss despite last night’s impressive victory over the then-group leaders.
In the Scottish Premiership, the gap between second-placed Celtic and leaders Rangers has opened up to thirteen points although the Hoops do have a two-game advantage over Steven Gerrard’s men. Whether they manage to win both of these is very uncertain given recent lacklustre performances and Lennon’s side will be in for a tough test this weekend when they lock horns with a Kilmarnock side against which they could only manage a 1-1 draw in the last meeting at Rugby Park.
These are tough times for Celtic and there is unrest amongst fans unaccustomed to failure on the domestic front. The defeat at home to Ross County in the Scottish Cup resulted in protests at Parkhead and while the board were unmoved on that occasion, a couple more poor results could prove to be the end for Lennon.
Favourite to replace him remains Martin O’Neill at odds of 5/4 while Eddie Howe has been a big mover in recent days and sits hot on the heels of O’Neill at a general 2/1. Jack Ross is a 3/1 punt to take the reins at Celtic Park while Gordon Strachan and Roy Keane are 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.
5/4 – Martin O’Neill
2/1 – Eddie Howe
3/1 – Jack Ross
8/1 – Gordon Strachan
12/1 – Roy Keane
08.12.20 – Eddie Howe big market mover
It was more misery for Celtic at the weekend when they saw the gap between themselves and Premiership leaders Rangers widen to thirteen points and the race for the title could soon be over should they fail to turn things around. The Hoops do still have two games-in-hand over the Light Blues but even if they did win these two matches they would still sit seven points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s men.
With Celtic drawing 1-1 with St Johnstone at Parkhead and arch-rivals Rangers thrashing Ross County 4-0 in the Highlands, Hoops boss Neil Lennon will be feeling the pressure. He does have the backing of the board, however their patience can only last for so long and a couple more disappointing results could prove hard to ignore.
Martin O’Neill remains favourite to take over in the event that Neil Lennon either walks or is shown the door, however the big mover in the betting market has been former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Howe managed to lift the Cherries into the top-flight for the first time in their history and more importantly he kept them there for four seasons. There’s little doubt that he would be more than up to the task at Celtic Park and the bookmakers have slashed the odds on him taking the reins at Parkhead from 7/2 to just 2/1. O’Neill’s odds have drifted slightly from Evens to 5/4 while Jack Ross has also lengthened from 2/1 to 3/1 over the past few days.
03.12.20 – Odds slashed on Hibs boss
Martin O’Neill remains favourite to take the reins at Parkhead in the event that Neil Lennon is shown the door, however there has been a big mover in the betting market over the past few days. Hibernian manager Jack Ross was a rank outsider to be offered the position only a few days ago, however is odds have shortened substantially since then and he is now as low as 7/4 to be next in charge of the Hoops.
As things stand, Neil Lennon will remain as manager for the time being, the club board giving him their backing despite increasing unrest following a series of poor results. The reigning Scottish champions have only won once in their last nine outings across competitions and they head to the San Siro tonight for their meeting with AC Milan in the penultimate Europa League group outing. Celtic are already out of this competition having collected just one points from their opening four group matches, while arch-rivals Rangers are sitting proudly at the top of their group and looking forward to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Eddie Howe is next in the betting market to be next Hoops boss, the bookies going 7/2 that the former AFC Bournemouth gaffer gets the gig. Gordon Strachan remains 8/1 to be offered the position should it become vacant in the coming weeks while Dan Petrescu is a 12/1 punt as things stand.
02.12.20 – Is Martin O’Neill set to return to Parkhead?
Martin O’Neill is now firm favourite to take the reins at Parkhead, the former Celtic boss taking the side to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003 and steering them to three Scottish Premier League titles in his five years in charge. O’Neill was Hoops boss between 2000 and 2005, however following stints as manager of the Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest, he has now been linked with a return to Celtic Park.
Celtic continue to back Neil Lennon but the likelihood is that time is fast running out for the current boss following disappointing results in the Europa League, Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup. Indeed with the Hoops winning just one of their last nine outings across competitions, the reality is that Lennon is likely to be relieved of his duties sooner rather than later. Nevertheless he appears to have been given a short stay of execution, this likely due to the fact that the club board won’t want to be seen bowing to mob rule following the supporter protests at the weekend.
O’Neill is Evens with BetVictor to take the reins at Celtic Park in the event that Lennon is shown the door in the coming days or weeks, Jack Ross and Eddie Howe the only other contenders in single figures across the board at odds of 2/1 and 7/2 respectively. Former favourite Gordon Strachan now looks to be out of contention with his odds drifting from 6/4 to as much as 14/1 over the past 24 hours.
Evens – Martin O’Neill
2/1 – Jack Ross
7/2 – Eddie Howe
8/1 – Gordon Strachan
12/1 – Dan Petrescu
14/1 – Rafael Benitez
14/1 – John Kennedy
16/1 – Henrik Larsson
01.12.20 – Strachan early frontrunner
Celtic’s season hasn’t been going as expected, things going from bad to worse at the weekend following a 2-0 defeat at home to Ross County in the Scottish Cup. Fans accustomed to routine wins week in and week out have been flocking down to Parkhead in order to call for Neil Lennon’s instant dismissal.
In fairness, while the Hoops have been dumped out of Europe and are playing second-fiddle to arch-rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, there remains plenty of time for them to turn things around. The 2020/21 campaign is still in its infancy and while eleven points separate Celtic from Premiership leaders Rangers, Lennon’s men do enjoy two games-in-hand. Should they win these two games, then just five points would separate them from the Light Blues and with the majority of the season left to play, it’s far from certain that they won’t make it ten titles on the bounce.
Nevertheless, Celtic fans have been taking defeat badly this season and as far as the bookies are concerned, Gordon Strachan is being seen as the man most likely to take the reins in the event that Lennon is sacked. The odds on Strachan taking charge at Celtic Park have been slashed from 7/1 to best odds of just 6/4, while former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe’s odds have moved in the opposite direction from 4/6 odds-on out to 5/2.
Henrik Larsson is seen as one of Celtic’s best ever players and the odds on him returning to Parkhead as Hoops boss are just 6/1. Roy Keane is currently the same odds as Larsson, while current Scotland boss Steve Clarke is a 9/1 punt to take the reins at Celtic.
6/4 – Gordon Strachan
5/2 – Eddie Howe
6/1 – Henrik Larsson
6/1 – Roy Keane
9/1 – Steve Clarke
10/1 – Michael O’Neill
10/1 – Rafael Benitez
12/1 – John Kennedy