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Gheorghe Hagi responds to rumours he could replace Neil Lennon at Celtic


Gheorghe Hagi has been heavily linked with Celtic amid the club’s struggles (Picture: Getty)

Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi has rubbished speculation he could be set to take over from Neil Lennon as Celtic head coach following the side’s defeat to Rangers at the weekend.

Rangers went 19 points clear of their fierce rivals at the top of the table thanks to Callum McGregor’s own-goal at Ibrox on Sunday and the Bhoys have reportedly begun looking for Lennon’s replacement, with the likes of Slaven Bilic, Martin O’Neill and Eddie Howe linked.

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Hagi – who most recently managed Romanian outfit FC Viitorul Constanta – has also been mooted as a potential managerial target.

Celtic are reportedly on the hunt for Lennon’s successor (Picture: Getty)

It’s been claimed Hagi is tempted by the prospect, given he would be joining his son, Ianis, in Glasgow. The 22-year-old midfielder has played a key role for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side this season, scoring four goals in 27 appearances.

However, Hagi has been quick to dispel talk he could be the man to succeed Lennon and insists there’s no truth to the recent rumours.

‘Following articles published in the sports press of Romania, regarding the alleged discussions with Celtic, I can confirm they are false,’ he told Romanian outlet prosport.ro.

‘They are completely false rumours, without having any real basis.’

Rangers went 19 points clear of Celtic thanks to McGregor’s own-goal at Ibrox (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after Celtic’s crushing loss at Rangers, Lennon refused to give up hope in this season’s increasingly one-sided title race despite the chasm between the two teams in the table.

‘You have got to keep going,’ he said.

‘You can’t just say it’s over, because there is still a lot of football to be played.

‘We have to be a lot more consistent in the second half of the season than we have been in the first half.

‘It may be a pivotal moment – I can’t predict what is going to happen – but we have to keep playing like that.

‘We must keep being consistent, keep winning games and apply as much pressure as we possibly can.’

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