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Lenny out? Bookie stops taking bets on Neil Lennon's successor at Celtic as one candidate emerges


Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Getty Images

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Getty Images

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: Getty Images

Neil Lennon's days as Celtic manager appeared to have been numbered for some time and now one leading bookmaker has been forced to stop taking bets on who will replace him.

Paddy Power have confirmed that they will no longer accept any more bets on former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe taking over at Parkhead, after a surge of bets on Thursday.

With his odds dipping to as low as 1/10, the bookmaker has to stop offering punters a chance to make a bet, with Howe now emerging as the strong favourite to return to the game in Glasgow.

Celtic's campaign of woe plunged to new depths on Wednesday night as they dropped points for the fourth match in a row following a 2-2 draw at Livingston.

Skipper Scott Brown was sent off just five minutes after coming on as a substitute as frustrations at the unravelling of the champions’ season boiled over.

The result left Lennon's team 20 points adrift of runaway Premiership leaders Rangers with two games in hand and their dreams of 10-in-a-row now surely dead.

The furious Parkhead faithful have made their feelings abundantly clear already in recent weeks, demanding Lennon goes.

But Lennon has vowed to fight on: “I won’t walk away, absolutely not. I’ve put too much into this. Too much of my life. And a month ago we won the treble.

“We’ve lost two games in the league. Europe wasn’t good enough and we’re out of the League Cup. But we’re human beings and we haven’t played well for whatever reason.

“We can analyse it to death. Maybe no fans has had an adverse effect, I don’t know. But they haven’t reached the levels of last season by any stretch of the imagination.

“I haven’t changed my procedures, my philosophy hasn’t changed but for some reason too many haven’t reached anywhere near their levels.

“If the club have to make a decision then they have to make a decision. You’re asking the wrong guy about my position.

“I’m fed up answering it really. Everyone is interested in my job. You keep asking if I’m going to be here. I will be until I’m told otherwise.

“There have been many (fans who don’t support me) like that since I got the job. But we’ve won five trophies out of six. Not bad.”

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