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Neil Lennon (left) has returned to Celtic after Brendan Rodgers moved to Leicester.
Neil Lennon (left) has returned to Celtic after Brendan Rodgers moved to Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers (right) has moved to Leicester with Neil Lennon returning to Celtic.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is set to fill the Leicester vacancy.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Brendan Rodgers has completed his move back to the Premier League after agreeing a deal to become Leicester City's new manager while Neil Lennon has stepped in as interim boss at Celtic in time to take charge of Wednesday evening game at Hearts.

Rodgers will first take charge of Leicester against his old club Watford on Sunday (kick-off 12 noon), while Lennon will lead Celtic as soon as tomorrow night as the former Hibernian boss takes on old rivals Hearts at Tynecastle in the Scottish Premiership.

The Carnlough man has signed a three year deal with the team currently 12th in the Premier League table after Leicester axed Claude Puel following Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Rodgers' assistant Chris Davies, coach Kolo Toure and fitness coach Glenn Driscoll are all expected to move with the boss after Rodgers agreed terms at the King Power Stadium. Celtic are understood to be set to pocket £6m in compensation.

In a sensational return to Glasgow, Lennon has returned to the Hoops until the end of the season with John Kennedy as his assistant and Damien Duff as first team coach.

Celtic are currently closing in on their third treble in a row and it was originally thought the lure of such an historic feat would be enough to keep Rodgers in Glasgow until the summer.

The former Liverpool boss delivered the Scottish Premiership title as well as Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup wins in his first two seasons in charge.

The latter has already been stowed away at Celtic Park once again this season after the Hoops edged out Aberdeen in the final in December. Celtic are now eight points clear at the top of Premiership table and are safely through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, giving Lennon the chance to seal two more trophies this season.

The Lurgan man left Hibernian last month and had said that he would be likely to move to England or abroad for his next job. He won five league titles with Celtic as a player and first managed the club from 2010 to 2014, winning three league crowns before moving to Bolton.

Rodgers previously managed Swansea City and Liverpool in England's top tier. He guided Swansea to promotion from the Championship and sealed an 11th place finish in their first season in the top division. That earned a move to Liverpool, where Rodgers came within two points of ending the Reds' long wait for a league title, losing out to Manchester City by just two points in the 13/14 season.

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