Legendary striker Henrik Larsson and Manchester United icon Roy Keane – Managerial candidates for Celtic as Neil Lennon edges closer to exit

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is clinging to his job after two defeats in four days saw their crisis continue.
A 2-0 loss to Ross County in the Scottish League Cup was another blow, which could now see his second spell as manager of the club end.
Lennon appears to be on the brink at CelticGetty Images
The Bhoys had previously won every domestic cup since 2017 but have now been turfed out of one by a side they beat 5-0 in September.
It’s not just a blip for Lennon’s side though as they have won just two of their last 10 matches.
They can no longer qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after two successive 4-1 defeats to Sparta Prague, while fierce foes Rangers are now 11 points ahead of them in the Scottish Premiership. Although Celtic do have two games in hand as they attempt to win their tenth title in a row.
But this run is sure to see Lennon’s role in doubt.

Ross County’s Alex Iacovitti celebrates making it 2-0 during their League Cup clash with CelticSNS Group
Earlier this month, Sports Breakfast host Alan Brazil admitted sacking Lennon was a tough but perhaps a necessary scenario: “If Neil was to go, who’s out there to come in? There would be a lot of takers, but would they be ideal? And would they get any money to spend?
“It’s very easy to blame Neil, but the players need to look at themselves and say, ‘come on – this is massive, it’s ten-in-a-row!’
“It’s a bit like Ole; a lot of the fans feel it might be time for someone stronger but they don’t want him to go because they like him so much.
“It’s like that with Neil. My pals from school are saying it’s a shame, but he’s got to go.
It’s been a tough season for Lennon at Celtic Parkgetty
“They’ve got to do something quick, Neil’s a fighter and once he gets his full XI, and Odsonne Edouard is huge, then Celtic will go on a run.
“But will they leave it too late?”
Since those comments on November 6, Celtic have beaten Motherwell, drawn with Hibernian, but then suffered consecutive defeats to Sparta Prague and Ross County.
The latter result, in the Scottish League Cup, led to fans demonstrating outside Celtic Park and increasing the mounting pressure on Lennon.
But who could replace the Northern Irishman if his tenure is brought to an end this week? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
Celtic captain Scott Brown looks dejectedSNS Group
Gordon Strachan
The big favourite to replace Lennon is another ex-Celtic boss.
He led the Bhoys to three consecutive titles from 2006 to 2008 after succeeding Martin O’Neill, while also landing a Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups.
In the 2006/07 season his side were impressive in the Champions League, beating Benfica and Manchester United at Celtic Park and they reached the Round of 16, losing to AC Milan in extra-time.
But in 2009 Strachan resigned having failed to win his fourth title in a row.
Spells with Middlesbrough and Scotland haven’t quite been as successful as he would have liked but he may be able to steady the ship if Lennon is made to walk the plank.
Strachan could return to Celtic
Eddie Howe
Having left Bournemouth after their relegation to the Championship in the summer, Howe has had some time out of the game to consider his next move.
A well thought of manager, perhaps hamstrung by the size of the budget he had on the south coast, he would certainly be an impressive get by the Scottish giants.
Howe, though, may be wondering what the ramifications would be should he fail to get things right north of the border.
You don’t propel the Cherries into the Premier League without being an excellent coach, that’s not in doubt. But should he be beaten to the title by Rangers thoughts on his credentials may begin to differ, making it harder for him to get a Premier League return in the future.
Although, should he win the club’s tenth title in a row from their current position it would certainly propel him back into the limelight after a tough couple of years in the English top-flight.
Howe left Bournemouth by mutual consent at the end of last seasonGetty Images – Getty
Henrik Larsson
If Celtic are holding out for a hero, then Larsson could be the man to save them in their hour of need.
Currently at another of his former clubs, Barcelona, the legendary striker is always going to be linked with a return to Glasgow until he finally takes up the task.
Like Howe, though, the timing of his arrival is vital and while missing out on the title this season wouldn’t tarnish his reputation at Celtic, it’s not the kind of thing fans and Larsson himself will want as part of his record with the club.
Plus, given Ronald Koeman’s current predicament at the Camp Nou, it’s unlikely he will want his assistant to up and leave him mid-campaign.
Larsson is a certified Celtic legendGetty Images – Getty
Marco Silva
A manager with Premier League credentials, Silva has been out of the game since his dismissal from his Everton job last year.
His reputation has diminished due to that spell with the Toffees but he certainly has some quality given the job he did with Hull City, almost keeping them in the Premier League in 2017.
It’s still a risky appointment with the jury still out on him despite his spell in England but one the bookmakers seem to believe is a possibility.
Silva was once highly-rated but his reputation has recently taken a hitGetty Images – Getty
Roy Keane
Everyone’s favourite pundit, the Manchester United legend ended his playing career with Celtic in 2005/06.
He had spells as manger of Sunderland and Ipswich Town, while he also had time in assistant roles with Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa, and Nottingham Forest.
Now, though, we’re more used to see him giving scathing reviews of teams and players on Sky Sports.
But, like with Silva, bookmakers have got him down as one of the favourites for the job – but will he leave the cosy studio for a real battle at Celtic? Let’s find out.
Keane is now famed for his antics as a pundit with no one say from his withering put downsSky Sports

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