Keane backing for Lennon

Striker hoping caretaker boss is named permanent manager

Lennon: Backed by Keane

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Robbie Keane believes Neil Lennon is the right man to revive Celtic's fortunes and should be named permanent manager.

Lennon took caretaker charge at Pakhead in March following Tony Mowbray's departure and steered the Bhoys to a strong finish in the SPL.

Although Celtic suffered a shock defeat to Ross County in the Scottish Cup, Keane feels Lennon did a fine job overall.

The Republic of Ireland international, who was on loan from Tottenham, thinks Lennon has the perfect character to inspire Celtic to future success.

Keane said: "I am sure from Neil's point of view, he would like it to happen, and I am hoping he does get the job because I was very, very impressed with what he had to offer and what he did on the pitch with the lads.

"He is very passionate about Celtic, there's no question about that.

"He loves the club and I am sure if anyone can turn the club around and get them back to where they were a few years ago, I am sure Neil can do that."

Brilliant

The Hoops have been linked with a series of more experienced men in recent weeks, although popular opinion seems to be firmly on Lennon's side, and Keane is hoping he gets his chance.

He said: "People keep talking about that, but then you look at someone like (Barcelona boss Pep) Guardiola in the same situation as Neil and what he has gone on to achieve now.

"He is only going to get experience if he gets the job and gets games under his belt. He can only do what he did at the end of the season and win games for Celtic.

"He certainly did that, apart from the (Scottish Cup) semi-final, but the league games, he won eight in a row, maybe.

"He has been brilliant and if you ask any of the lads or any of the supporters as well, they certainly want Neil to get the job."