Pundit View: Mark Wilson says Lennon will get permanent Celtic role if he beats Rangers

Celtic are yet to make a decision on who will replace Brendan Rodgers on a permanent basis, and ex-Bhoys defender Mark Wilson thinks Neil Lennon will get the job, on one condition.

Celtic are ten points clear at the top of the league after last weekend’s results, with Rangers now forced to sit and watch as their arch-rivals cruise to their eighth consecutive league title.

The Bhoys of course won’t take their foot off the gas from here, as there is still the small matter of the Old Firm after the international break.

And Wilson, who racked up 98 appearances in the league for Celtic, thinks Lennon should be handed the permanent manager’s position if he can overcome the Gers on March 31st.

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What has he said?

“It’s done and dusted. The big thing is how far can Celtic stretch the lead – and that will be on Steven Gerrard’s mind,” Wilson said, as reported by The Daily Record.

“They are 10 points clear and I think they will make it 13 when the two sides meet at the end of next week.

Continuing on about the gap that has developed between the two rivals since the turn of the year, he said: “If Neil had let the gap slip then maybe questions would be asked but he’s got it to 10 and if he gets it to 13 or more then he has to get the job.

“If he wins the Scottish Cup too then there won’t even be a discussion.”

Is he right?

Celtic have failed to win just once domestically since their defeat at Ibrox at the end of 2018, and it’s fair to say the new year has been good to the Bhoys, despite the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

However, Lennon should not be given the job on the spot for a few good results, especially considering that the “gap” that Wilson repeatedly refers to is down to the sorry efforts of Rangers as much as it is Celtic’s brilliance.

The 0-0 draw against Aberdeen and 1-0 win over Dundee were stark reminders of how dull Lennon’s football often is, and if not for Steven Gerrard’s side failing to win a single game in the month of March then the Old Firm could be an awful lot more important than it now seems.

Lennon has done a great job steadying the ship, but the club should ignore Wilson’s advice and look for someone with greater European pedigree.