Lennon is the right man to manage Celtic

Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs believes that the appointment of Neil Lennon as permanent Celtic manager was the right decision.

Lennon took over from Brendan Rodgers following his shock departure to Leicester City in February and guided the Parkhead side to the league and cup double to complete their third domestic treble in three years.

And after delivering what was asked of him, Lennon was rewarded with the Celtic job on a permanent basis with details set to be finalised on Monday.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Stubbs said: "I'm sure it's a huge relief for Neil. In terms of next season and a potential nine in a row, they've got a guy that is not going to rip up the paper.

"He knows the club inside out, there's a certain amount of continuity and he isn't going to change too much. He'll be able to put his own little stamp on things that he'll maybe want to tweak from Brendan Rodgers.

"No disrespect to Neil, but would there have been some bigger, sexier names who were interested in the Celtic job? I'm pretty sure there would have been.

"But that would have meant them bringing their own backroom staff, potentially changing the medical side with their own people.

"There potentially have been a few murmurings saying Neil wasn't the right man for the job. He came in at a difficult time, he's steadied the ship, he's done what he had to do and Neil is a better manager than what he was last time he managed the club."

Lennon has already started looking towards next season and with Celtic’s pre-season kicking off in less than a month, there will be a lot of change among the Celtic personnel as they look to equal Jock Stein’s nine-in-a-row record.

Stubbs added: "There's a lot to do. When you're at a club like Celtic, every summer seems to be important. But with what lies ahead and what Rangers will do in terms of strengthening, no-one is taking their eyes off the ball.

"Without putting Celtic under a huge amount of pressure, Rangers have certainly made them take notice. And I think that tells you that Rangers are a stronger team now.

"Looking at the Celtic team from the outside looking in, obviously they need a right-back. I still think they need a centre-back. I would say there are four, key areas - centre-back, right-back, midfield and a wide player. And I wouldn't rule out a striker as well. There's a lot to do."

NewsAndy Muirhead