Pundit View: Kris Commons wrong to aim fire at Celtic over Neil Lennon’s future

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has hit out at the club and suggested that they should have already appointed Neil Lennon on a permanent basis, but he’s got it completely wrong with his eye-catching comments.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 35-year-old was speaking to BBC Scotland about his former employers, who secured their eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row last weekend.

Lennon was of course brought in until the end of the season following Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Leicester City earlier in 2019, and remains undefeated.

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Commons told BBC Scotland that not only is he surprised that the Glasgow giants haven’t yet made a decision on their new manager, but that the Northern Irishman would be the best candidate for the role in the circumstances.

He said: “I would have expected it to be sorted out by now.

“Celtic are at the point where something needs to be sorted. That’s not just for the current squad but for identifying players.

“Let’s say it’s a new foreign manager, then he’s only got two or three weeks training with a squad which he’s taking into some of the most important games Celtic have. I just think that’s a little bit of a risk for me. Whereas I think Neil Lennon would be a safe pair of hands.”

Is he right?

No, he isn’t.

The Celtic hierarchy are completely correct to take their time over this appointment, as it is a hugely important one.

If the Bhoys want to continue to hold the ever-improving Rangers at arm’s length in the Scottish Premiership title race, as well as making a bigger impact on the European stage, then they need to bring the right man in.

Lennon may know the club and has obviously enjoyed a positive run of form in recent months, but does he really have the tactical nous to take this club forward? Questionable, to say the least.

Of course, new managers can become available once the season has ended, and while a relatively quick decision will be required post-season, for Commons to say it should already be sorted by giving it to Lennon is ridiculous.