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Former Celtic star says Eddie Howe should ‘jump at the chance’ to replace Neil Lennon

Eddie Howe should ‘jump at the chance’ to take charge of Celtic should he be offered the vacant position, according to the club’s former full-back Michael Gray.

Celtic are currently seeking a new manager following Neil Lennon’s decision to resign last week, the Northern Irishman stepping down from the position following a disappointing campaign at Parkhead.

The Scottish champions are currently 18 points adrift of league leaders Rangers with a series of poor performances having ended their hopes of winning a 10th league title in succession, whilst Celtic also struggled to make an impact in Europe after finishing bottom of their Europa League group.

Lennon’s departure has seen assistant John Kennedy placed in charge on an interim basis, though a host of names – including former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe and Scotland boss Steve Clarke – have been linked with the position in recent weeks.

Former Celtic defender Gray has now discussed the vacancy and believes the likes of Howe should ‘jump at the chance’ to take charge of the club, pointing to the success Brendan Rodgers enjoyed when moving north of the border.

Rodgers rebuilt his reputation at Celtic following his sacking at Liverpool, winning two league titles – including completing an entire season without defeat – in a period of huge success and Gray admits the role is a position that can take managers ‘to another level’.

“It’s one of those out there that can take you to another level.” Gray exclusively told The Football Faithful.

“We’ve seen the achievements of Brendan Rodgers and obviously now his work as Leicester City manager.

“I know he had experience at clubs like Liverpool before taking that Celtic job, but he went there and I think wholeheartedly thought I’m going to be a success. I think everyone’s got respect for the job Brendan did, and he’s now back in the Premier League doing an incredible job at Leicester.

“If I was Eddie Howe and I got the opportunity to go to a club like Celtic, I’d jump at the chance.”

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