Celtic caretaker manager Neil Lennon is likely to be handed the permanent job at the club over the next ten days. It is thought that the board have decided to go with him as Tony Mowbray™s successor.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder hasn’t signed a deal with the club as yet, but after a relatively successful spell in temporary charge since March, it appears that an agreement is very close.

Once Lennon is confirmed as Celtic boss, it is likely that he will bring in a more experienced figure to work alongside him. He has limited experience as a manager, so someone who has been there and done it in the past could be beneficial for Lennon.

The side will of course challenge for the league again next season, but Celtic’s Champions League betting odds suggest they face a struggle in Europe and this is clearly something the new man and his assistant will have to address.

Speaking about the possibility of getting the job on a permanent basis, Lennon confirmed that he would “like an older head to bounce ideas off” and added that this is something he would look into should there be a “positive outcome” to the current situation.

Another issue that has been raised by Celtic fans with regards to a managerial appointment is that Lennon should have been appointed immediately at the end of the season. He led the team to eight straight wins in the Scottish Premier League, after all.

In response to these claims, chief executive Peter Lawwell said the club is going through a thorough “selection process” to ensure that they get the right man for the job. This way, if and when Lennon gets the nod, he has been appointed because he is the “best man” to take Celtic forward.

The fans are a massive part of the club though and they will start to get impatient if an announcement isn’t made soon. With this in mind, the sooner Lennon is appointed, the sooner he can get the squad prepared for the new season.

Meanwhile, England remain third favourites in the World Cup 2010 online betting despite an unconvincing game against Mexico.

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