Neil Lennon responds to St Johnstone link

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s name has been mentioned as being in the running for the vacancy at the Scottish Premiership’s rock bottom club St Johnstone.

Lennon has been out of work (as a manager) since his bizarre dismissal from Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia, after winning them the cup and getting some some outstanding results and performances in Europe.

20th August 2023; Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland: Scottish Viaplay Cup Football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Neil Lennon and Michael Stewart on Viaplay sports to preview the match

He has been linked with numerous jobs and even touted himself to various Israeli club, but to no avail.

Peter Martin asked Lenny about his name being mentioned for the vacancy at McDiarmid Park after Steven MacLean was sacked yesterday after his side’s 4-0 defeat against St Mirren on Saturday left five points adrift of Ross County at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Asked whether he’d be interested in the St Johnstone job, Neil Lennon didn’t exactly rule it out but perhaps hinted that it’s not the job for him at this moment in time.

Photo: Jeff Holmes

“Maybe. I think it’s a very difficult job currently,” the former Celtic manager said. “I think when you look at how difficult it’s been for Steven you’ve got to pay tribute to the job previous managers, Tommy Wright and Callum Davidson did.

“They don’t have a huge budget. They’ve always been a difficult team to play against. They are really well set up defensively and there’s goals in the team but this season they just look bereft of any idea of how they’re going to score a goal and they’re leaking goals at the other end.

There was maybe an inevitability of Steven leaving and this is the danger sometimes. I know he was in the system but he’s a rookie really and this will have been a tough learning experience for him.

“As for my own expectations, probably not at the minute,” Lennon said.

Maybe former Celtic captain and of course Fleetwood Town manager Scott Brown would be a better shout for this one?

Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan is out now and Neil Lennon, the Celtic captain that season, has written the foreword for us.

You can get a signed copy of the hardback version direct from Celtic Star Books by clicking on the image below. It’s also available an an e-book via Amazon Kindle and please note that all colour photographs that appear in the beautifully presented printed hardback book are also available in the Kindle version of Majic, Stan and the King of Japan…

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