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Lennon plays down talk of O'Neill return

4th July 2019, 12:17 by Tom McGarry

Neil Lennon has denied suggestions that former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill could be set for a return to the club.

O'Neill is out of work after being relieved of his duties by Nottingham Forest last week, but speculation has been gathering pace that he could be set for a return to Celtic in a director of football role.

The 67-year-old enjoyed sustained success during a five-year spell in the Parkhead dugout during the early 2000s, as he helped the club to win seven major trophies, as well as reach the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

Current Hoops boss Lennon was part of O'Neil's side during that period, while he also worked with the Northern Irishman during their time together at Leicester, but he has now dismissed talk that his former boss could be set for a return to Glasgow.

"I hope he gets back [into football management]," Lennon was quoted as saying by the Scotsman. "He's only in his mid-60s and you know what I think of him as a manager. It's whether he fancies it.

"Could he come back   here in some role? He is fed up telling me what to do. He's been doing it for 25 years! That would be an interesting one, but it's not on the horizon."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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