Neil Lennon, 39, the former professional footballer and former captain of Celtic F.C. will be unveiled as Celtic’s new manager tomorrow, with Stuart Baxter, another former player who currently coaches Finland, coming on board in an advisory capacity.
The Irishman, who was born in Lurgan County Armagh, has signed a deal to take over the manager's role on a permanent basis. Celtic will present Lennon as their new manager tomorrow at Celtic Park, bringing to an end weeks to speculation over who would win the appointment.
It is understood that Baxter will continue as manager of the Finland national team, but will be available to advise Lennon as a friend and mentor when he is required to do so.
Lennon took over the reins from Tony Mowbray on an interim basis in March after the Englishman’s disastrous tenure and he won all eight remaining league games.
The Celtic board were very impressed with the manner in which Lennon went about his business both in the dressing-room and in the public arena, and now the former captain will be charged with winning the championship back from Rangers who have claimed two successive titles.
Lennon is expected to make major changes to the first team squad, with as many as 10 new faces arriving and several heading in the opposite direction after under-achieving.
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