Celtic must give job to Lennon with out delay, urges McGarvey

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Neil Lennon must be named Celtic manager immediately, according to the former Hoops player Frank McGarvey.

Several names, including Craig Levein, Alan Pardew and Ronald Koeman, have been linked with the post since Tony Mowbray departed in March following a calamitous 4-0 defeat at St Mirren which ended any realistic hopes of winning the Scottish Premier League title back from their Old Firm rivals.

Lennon was installed on an interim basis and he strengthened his case with a 2-1 win over Rangers at Parkhead on Tuesday night which extended his winning run in the SPL to seven games. The Irishman has been told he will be informed of his future at the end of the season but McGarvey, who played for Celtic between 1980 and 1985, urged the Parkhead board to end the speculation by naming Lennon as manager.

"Celtic must appoint Lennon as manager right away," McGarvey said. They have won their last seven SPL games and it is all down to him. He has shown that he could be the exception to the rule in succeeding at a big club in his first management role. He has experience at being at Celtic, playing and living in the Old Firm environment.

"Let's face it, you are not going to get big-name managers coming up from England to take the job. Even Scots who are managing down south are not interested. So Lennon is probably as well qualified as anyone in Scotland to do the Celtic job."

Lennon is hoping the win over Rangers will help Celtic fans get over a disastrous season for the Parkhead club. "It was a great night, the team has salvaged a little bit of something," he said. "We came away with an Old Firm victory which we haven't done for 18 months."

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