NEIL LENNON is unlikely to remain Celtic manager for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced Lennon at odds-on 1/3 to be sacked before the end of the current campaign.
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The 49-year-old enjoyed somewhat of a revival after seeing his side crash out of the Scottish League Cup and exit the Europa League at the group stages.
But last week's defeat to rivals Rangers, who are now 19 points clear, has evidently eclipsed Lennon's Scottish Cup success.
And according to Betfair, it's more likely than not that the Northern Irishman will be given his marching orders before the club's final fixture of the season.
Lennon is 1/3 to be sacked and 9/4 to stay on and there are no shortage of potential suitors being linked with his role in Parkhead.
Martin O'Neill leads the field at 5/4 with the experienced 68-year-old on the look-out for a managerial comeback.
Next Celtic manager odds – Betfair
- Martin O'Neill: 5/4
- Eddie Howe: 21/10
- Jack Ross: 10/3
- Roy Keane: 17/2
- Henrik Larsson: 11/1
- John Kennedy: 12/1
- Johan Mjallby: 14/1
- Gordon Strachan: 14/1
- Alex Neil: 14/1
- Malky MacKay: 14/1
- Dan Petrescu: 14/1
- Marco Silva: 16/1
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It's thought O’Neill has spoken to a couple of agents about finding him a new club but somewhere in England would be his preference.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is second favourite for the role at 21/10, ahead of current Hibernian boss Jack Ross at 10/3.
Then there is a jump to ex-Hoops midfielder Roy Keane at 17/2 and Celtic legend Henrik Larsson at 11/1.
Favourite before Christmas, Gordon Strachan, is now back at 14/1, while Scotland boss Steve Clarke is 20/1 alongside managerial legend Rafa Benitez.
Former Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva also makes the list at 16/1 having been a free agent since being sacked by Everton in December 2019.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: "After a slight upturn in fortunes in the league and winning the delayed Scottish Cup final, old wounds have been opened up after their defeat to Rangers last weekend.
"That means it is now odds-on at 1/3 for Neil Lennon to get the sack by the end of the season.
"In Martin O'Neill as 5/4 favourite, the betting suggests a club legend returning to lead the side could quell the unrest if the board decide to sack Lennon.
"But out-of-work Eddie Howe is not far behind at 21/10, suggesting punters also favour a fresh, young approach to one of the most challenging jobs in Scottish football."
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