Celtic chief Peter Lawwell believes Neil Lennon’s great record with the club will force others to court his services.
Lawwell admits he wants the Northern Irishman to remain at the helm at Celtic Park for as long as he possibly can but will understand that plenty of clubs will be looking to poach him away from Glasgow.
“Being realistic, that is one of the by-products of success,” he said.
“Your people are courted and the most high-profile guy, the most prominent guy in that success, has been Neil.
“He’s done a fantastic job and if he continues to progress, as he’s still a young manager, I’m sure he will be courted at some point.
“I don’t think fearful is the right word but we need to be realistic and accept that.
“I actually take a lot of pleasure in that, for him and us, and plan for the succession.
“Generally, no matter who you are talking about, commercial director or marketing director or finance director, as chief executive you have to be looking within the organisation for people to take over.
“There is nothing specific. We’re not looking for a manager.
“We’re hoping that Neil will be here for years and years but it’s just in a general sense you have to think about it.
“You can’t bury your head in the sand.”
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