Next Celtic manager odds: Eddie Howe backed to replace Neil Lennon, O'Neill favourite, Keane and Larsson in contention

MARTIN O'NEILL is the favourite to replace Neil Lennon as Celtic manager.

That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the 68-year-old as the market leader at 5/4.


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O'Neill, who guided Celtic to three SPL titles between 2000-05, is a free agent having been sacked by Nottingham Forest in January 2019.

Eddie Howe comes next.

Odds on the ex-Cherries boss have fluctuated over the past four weeks – drifting from odds-on to a sizeable 9/2.

But reports of his arrival have intensified over the last few days and that's seen his price cut to 21/10.

Support for Hibs' Jack Ross and Roy Keane has subsided with the pair now 10/3 and 17/2 respectively.

Hoops icon Henrik Larsson remains steadfast at 11/1 with assistant manager John Kennedy a fraction behind at 12s.

Next permanent Celtic manager odds – Betfair

  • Martin O'Neill – 5/4
  • Eddie Howe – 21/10
  • Jack Ross – 10/3
  • Roy Keane – 17/2
  • Henrik Larsson – 11/1
  • John Kennedy – 12/1
  • Johan Mjallby – 14/1
  • Gordon Strachan – 14/1
  • Alex Neil – 14/1
  • Malky MacKay – 14/1
  • Dan Petrescu – 14/1
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Johan Mjallby, Gordon Strachan, Alex Neil, Malky MacKay and Dan Petrescu are all locked together at 14/1.

It's looking like a matter of WHEN and not IF Lennon will be given his marching orders.

The 49-year-old is hanging by a thread after Sunday's 1-1 draw with St Johnstone left the club without a win in five games.

The defending champions are now 13 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.

And any prospect of silverware looks incresingly unlikely with the side already out of the League Cup and Europa League.

Lennon's frustrations boiled over after the weekend's result.

The manager was annoyed by BBC reporter Kheredine Idessane's "negative" questions during the post-match interview.

Asked if he feared his time was up, Lennon responded: "I don't fear anything.

"You ask me all these negative questions Kheradine and about my job.

"The club have already came out this week and said that they've backed me.

"I mean what more do you want them to do? I agree, the results aren't good enough.

"It will improve, I've no question of that. Whether it's on me or not then we'll have to wait and see. But I can't answer the questions that you're asking."

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