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Celtic boos Lennon backs Martin O’Neill’s Leicester return

Former Leicester City midfielder Neil Lennon has backed Martin O'Neill to return to the club as the successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson.

O'Neill is among the favourites to take over at the Championship side following Eriksson's departure, 11 years after he left to join Celtic.

The 59-year-old has been out of work since quitting Aston Villa last year and would be a hugely popular choice to return to the Foxes, whom he guided to two League Cup triumphs, four top-10 Premier League finishes and into Europe.

O'Neill recently stated his desire to get back into club management after he was linked with the Northern Ireland job, but it remains to be seen whether he would want to risk his reputation by returning to Leicester.

However, current Celtic manager Lennon, who was O'Neill's first Leicester signing and a mainstay of that successful Foxes side, feels his old boss will be tempted by the prospect.

“It would be great to see him back in the game, first of all,” said Lennon.

“One of his old adages was that you never go back, but I think it is very, very tempting for him.

“There is a good foundation at Leicester and I think the Leicester fans would be more than thrilled to see him back because he had such success there in the late 90s and the early part of the century.

“He has been out of the game for a long time. It's the game's loss to have such a great character and manager out of the game and if he does get the job I will be thrilled for him.”

Meanwhile Lennon is confident that Scott Brown will eventually sign a new deal for Celtic, despite being surprised that talks have not yet reached a conclusion.

As far back as the end of August the Hoops skipper, currently out with an ankle injury, claimed only his “nitpicking” was preventing him extending his contract, which ends next summer.

Lennon thought an agreement was ready to be confirmed but believes it will all get sorted out before Brown becomes a free agent.

“I don't know where we are with that one,” Lennon said ahead of tonight's League Cup quarter-final at Hibernian.

“As far as I was aware, the terms were agreed and it was just the case of the agent's fee being sorted out so I don't know how further down the line we are with that.”

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