Celtic manager Neil Lennon isn’t at all interested in the Scotland job despite being on the bookmakers’ list of candidates, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The paper say he was a 25/1 outsider to take over from recently sacked boss Alex McLeish at Hampden.
However, the passionate Hoops man doesn’t want it, believing the job should go to a Scottish coach.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Lennon said:
No thanks. My own opinion is the Scotland manager should be Scottish. I know that may seem an antiquated view on it.
But it’s the national sport and if I was to manage my country I know how much that would mean to me.
There are some outstanding candidates who are Scottish and ready to step into the job, but I think the decision to get rid of Eck was premature. It looks like it was based on one performance and one result, which is ludicrous. I also think that, at the time, they shouldn’t have got rid of Gordon Strachan.
There are two contenders working here in the SPFL, two in the building at the SFA and two more in England.
Aberdeen and Kilmarnock fans will not thank me for it, but Derek and Stevie are two outstanding managers and candidates.
The chances of Neil Lennon taking charge of Scotland were always going to be slim but at least he’s ruled out any crazy speculation in the coming weeks and months.
Clearly the manager’s focus is entirely on Celtic right now as he looks to produce the results that will not only bring trophies to Celtic Park but also potentially secure his position at the club as the permanent manager next season.
As time ticks on and wins are secured, it’s becoming ever more likely.
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