Despite a small upturn in form recently under Neil Lennon, the rumours are seriously starting to flood in increasingly each day about his eventual departure – be it now or over summer – with former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan being the newest pundit to give his thoughts upon the tumultuous managerial situation at Paradise.
Whelan, who played for Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline following a successful period in the English Premier League with Coventry City, has stated that he would love to see the recently sacked Frank Lampard become boss at Parkhead following the termination of Neil Lennon’s reign.
Lampard, who like Lennon came under intense scrutiny by the club he became a cult hero at as a player, was ousted from the hot seat after taking the club from first to ninth in the space of just six weeks. Rumoured to be looking for a way back into the game, there would be few better places for Lampard to continue learning his trade whilst also making a name for himself than the green and white relic lying in the East End of Glasgow; something which Whelan agrees with.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “It would be fantastic if Lampard went to Celtic. The thing is I just cannot see how Neil Lennon can keep his job. There’s been too much controversy, there are too many bad performances.”
Whelan, who has become a pundit on BBC, Sky and Leeds United TV following his retirement, eventuall joining Leeds as a coach in April 2019 – amidst the boil of the ‘Spygate’ scandal between Leeds and Derby County, who at the time were managed by Lampard.
“Especially when the fans start coming out. That’s when you know you’ve got a problem and there’s pressure on the board. Lampard taking over at Celtic would be brilliant. I would love that”, Whelan stated.
“Frank didn’t do too much wrong but that’s just how things are done at Chelsea. I really would love to see that, the rivalry between him and Gerrard. There would be some fresh ideas and I’m sure that they can tap into some markets and bring in better players across there and make it more exciting.”
It is now but a formality that Lennon will leave; if the board don’t grow tired of him, then the fans will eventually make their voices heard. If Lampard was to enter the fray, it would be a sensational appointment – we can only wait and see the outcome, though.