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Ross Kinnaird

Neil Lennon quit his job at Celtic today, after seeing his side win the Scottish Premier League for the third straight year under his tutelage. Apparently, Lennon was concerned about the budget he'd have to work with in the upcoming year, what with Celtic desperate to make a deep run in the Champions League and all that.

Now, bookies have Paul Lambert as one of the favorites to take over at Celtic Park. It makes sense - Lambert spent a large chunk of his career with Celtic, playing there from 1997-2005 and even captaining the side during the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

It also makes sense because Lambert is used to working within a restricted budget. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean he's brilliant at working within those restrictions, but at least he has experience. He'd have a strong core at Celtic and wouldn't be needing to fight a relegation battle, so he'd be able to focus his attentions elsewhere.

But really...can you see the likes of Aleksandar Tonev, Antonio Luna, Joe Bennett, or Matthew Lowton playing Champions League football? And if Celtic fans were bored stiff by Lennon's approach to the game, would they really be pleased by Lambert's regression into defensive football when the going gets tough?

Henrik Larsson, Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle are also tipped for the gig. There's also speculation that David Moyes might be brought in, although the whole drama over him beating up someone in a wine bar may make clubs want to stay away.