Frank Lampard is understood to be ‘open’ to replacing Neil Lennon as manager of Celtic, but not until the end of the current season.
Lennon – who won five league titles across two spells as manager – resigned from his position as Celtic manager today with immediate effect following a disastrous title defence for the Scottish champions, the club’s hopes of winning a historic 10th title in succession all but over after falling 18 points adrift of Old Firm rivals Rangers.
Lennon’s position had come under increasing scrutiny following Celtic’s struggles and the Northern Irishman has now handed in his resignation, admitting in a statement to the club’s website his frustrations and disappointment with not being ‘able to hit the same heights as we did previously.’
Attentions have now turned towards Lennon’s replacement with former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard linked with the position at Parkhead, having been dismissed by the Premier League side following an indifferent start to the season at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Express, the 42-year-old will ‘resist’ the temptation to jump straight back into management following his Chelsea sacking, however, but could be tempted north of the border at the end of the season following a break from the game.
Lampard’s arrival at Celtic would offer the fascinating narrative of the former England star going head-to-head with former international teammate, Steven Gerrard, the latter on the verge of guiding Rangers to a first league title in a decade.
Other names linked with the position at Celtic include former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, whilst John Kennedy – who has been placed in interim charge – has also been mooted as a potential candidate.