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Neil Lennon may struggle to get his Premier League shot

By James Tait

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will struggle to find a job at the helm of an English Premier League club, according to former Rangers star Mark Hateley.

The Ibrox legend, who was relegated from England's top flight with Queen's Park Rangers in 1996, believes current attitudes towards Scottish football will prove a huge stumbling block if Lennon (pictured) eyes a move south the border. The Ulsterman had been heavily linked during the season with a move to Norwich and although the Canaries replaced the sacked Chris Hughton with Neil Adams in April and ultimately suffered relegation to the Championship, Lennon remains on the radar of English clubs as chairmen decide whether to stick or twist with their managers ahead of the summer rebuilding period. The former Northern Ireland international, who won 40 caps for his country, has led the Bhoys to silverware every year since taking over from Tony Mowbray on a full-time basis in June 2010. Three Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cups have been added to the Parkhead trophy cabinet during Lennon's tenure, but Hateley believes this will count for little if Lennon declares his interest in a move.

"I think it will be difficult for Neil," said Hateley. "What we have in Scotland, even for players going to England, is the problem of coming from a so-called 'inferior league' and that is how they're judged. Managing Celtic, he doesn't have a lot to do to win a championship so I think that will be the problem with Premiership clubs looking at Neil.

"He's done a great job in the Champions League, including the famous win against Barcelona (2-1 in November 2012) but I still think we have that problem of how people look at the Scottish League from afar.

"People think 'It's not a great league, do you really have to be that good to play or manage up there?' That is the dilemma we're faced with, so Neil will find it difficult to find a job in the Premier League.

"If he does and it begins badly with a run of poor results or poor performances, people will be constantly on his back, which he isn't used to in Scotland. It'll be tough for him."

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