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Biting Back: Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon is one TV pundit to watch

By John Laverty

Lenny has been billed "as the new Alan Hansen" after only a handful of appearances as TV pundit.

No real surprise there; anyone who knows Neil Lennon is well aware of how passionate, incisive and articulate he is.

Even those who hitherto disliked the Lurgan man, for reasons too pathetic to mention here, have told me how much they enjoy listening to him talking about football.

Well, chances are we're going to be hearing a lot more of the former Northern Ireland international on telly.

Although he's been "linked" with virtually every job going in English football, the fact is that nine posts have been filled in the Premier League and Championship since Lenny upped sticks from Glasgow to forge a new career south of Hadrian's Wall.

And my information is that he was never a serious contender for any of them.

This is no slight on the man himself; more a commentary on how much prestige has evaporated from the Scottish game.

Steering Celtic to comfortable wins in one-horse races hasn't left English club chairmen giddy with anticipation.

And let's not forget that Walter Smith and Alex McLeish, two other successful Old Firm alumni, didn't exactly set Everton and Brum/Villa alight.

Lenny will eventually get a decent job in management if he wants it, but, as with Keano, one club's gain will, ironically, mean a loss to football in the main.

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