Neil Lennon has resigned from his role as Celtic manager with immediate effect. The news comes after a lot of uncertainty swirled around the Irishman’s future at Parkhead. This season has been an overall disappointing one for the Glasgow giants, who will lose out on a tenth consecutive Premiership to arch rivals Rangers.
Now, speculation over who will replace Lennon has accelerated and bookmakers are slashing odds on who could be next to take the reins at Celtic. Steve Clarke is amongst the names that have been thrown into the ring.
The Scotland boss would certainly bring a whole new dynamic to the club and one man in particular could hugely benefit from his appointment.
According to The Express, Clarke is one of the candidates being considered to step into Lennon’s shoes. Whilst the now exiled boss helped guide the Hoops to five league titles, four Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups, his last hurrah has been more of a fizzle than a bang.
Should the board opt to appoint Clarke, he will bring his experience of managing the Scotland national team and spearheading them to their historic EUROs qualification. Not only will he bring grit and determination, but he could be a one-way ticket back into the spotlight for Leigh Griffiths.
The striker has been an outcast at Celtic this last season. Last summer, Lennon hit out at him for being “overweight” upon his return to training, resulting in him being dropped from the squad, as per talkSPORT. Since then, he has been dipping in and out of the first team, making just 16 appearances in the Premiership this campaign, with only seven of those coming as starts, according to Transfermarkt.
It was made clear that he wasn’t one of Lennon’s first choices when it came to selecting his squad. However, should Clarke come in as manager, Griffiths has a huge chance to get back into the swing of things. The £15,000 per week goal-getter was selected by the 57-year-old as part of the triumphant Celtic squad to qualify for the Euros despite his issues at club level, which suggests he clearly sees something in the shunned forward.
Should talks come to fruition, this could be the Celtic lifeline Griffiths has been waiting for since Odsonne Edouard’s rise to the top.