Next Celtic manager: Paul Lambert, Eddie Howe, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez contenders to replace Neil Lennon but odds favour Enzo Maresca

This season has been nothing short of a disaster for Celtic and it seemed to be just a matter of time before something was going to give.

That indeed has happened with the club confirming Neil Lennon has resigned from his post as Hoops boss.

Lennon has left Celtic two years after taking charge of them for a second time
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Things haven’t been going well on and off the pitch with Celtic faltering in both the Champions League and Europa League early doors.

Their bid to win a tenth straight Scottish Premiership title is almost over as they trail fierce rivals Rangers by 15 points.

Steven Gerrard’s side need just seven more points to become champions and winning it at Celtic Park on March 21 is a real possibility now.

And off the pitch, they landed themselves in a war of words with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after deciding to go on a warm weather training trip to Dubai as the UK begun the battle against the new coronavirus variant back in January.

A lot is going wrong for Celtic this season on and off the pitch
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The trip ended up being a disaster as Christopher Jullien tested positive for COVID, causing a number of first-team players as well as manager Neil Lennon to miss their first two matches back in Scotland – both of which finished as draws.

It only added to calls for Lennon to go with his former Hoops teammate John Hartson even claiming that was the best course of action.

Current assistant manager, John Kennedy, has taken interim charge of the team following Lennon’s departure and oversaw their recent 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

But the club are on the lookout for a permanent successor.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe is also in the running to replace Lennon

A number of interesting names have been tipped for the Celtic job, including Roy Keane, Roberto Martinez, Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard.

Betfair currently have former West Ham and Sevilla assistant Enzo Maresca as their favourite with ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe a close second.

Glasgow-born Paul Lambert, who left Ipswich Town by mutual consent this week, is also in the mix as is current Burnley chief Sean Dyche.

Kennedy has been tipped to take the job permanently but his odds have drifted recently.

Next permanent Celtic manager odds

*Odds according to Betfair

Enzo Maresca 13/5

Eddie Howe 10/3

Paul Lambert 4/1

Sean Dyche 4/1

John Kennedy 9/2

Steve Clarke 5/1

Frank Lampard 5/1

Roberto Martinez 6/1

Martin O’Neill 7/1

Rafa Benitez 10/1

Mark Hughes 14/1

Damien Duff 14/1

Jindrich Trpisovsky 14/1

Carlos Queiroz 14/1

Shaun Maloney 16/1

Roy Keane 16/1

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