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Neil Lennon to remain on as Celtic boss on a 12-month rolling contract

Neil Lennon confirmed as permanent Celtic boss Credit: PA

Neil Lennon has been confirmed as Celtic's permanent manager on a rolling 12-month contract, the Ladbrokes Premiership champions have announced.

Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell revealed the Northern Irishman had been offered the post full-time in the wake of Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts as the Hoops wrapped up the treble treble.

Lennon returned to the club he had previously served as captain and manager in February to pick up the reins after Brendan Rodgers quit to join Leicester, successfully guiding the club over the line as they wrapped up their eighth straight league title ahead of last weekend's Hampden triumph.

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Former Celtic Captain McNeill dies aged 79

Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill has died at the age of 79, his family have announced. Credit: PA

Former Celtic captain Billy McNeill has died at the age of 79, his family have announced.

McNeill, who played for Celtic his whole career, was captain of the famous 'Lisbon Lions' side who won the European Cup in 1967 and he also went on to manage the club.

A statement from his children on the Celtic website read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill.

"He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life."

Celtic give Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester

Rodgers' Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premier League. Credit: PA

Celtic have given Brendan Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester about their managerial vacancy, Press Association Sport understands.

The Foxes are looking for a successor to Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday.

Rodgers, 46, has been in charge at Parkhead since 2016 and led Celtic to the title twice, while they are currently eight points clear of second-placed Rangers.

However, the former Swansea and Liverpool boss is understood to want to return to the Premier League at some stage.

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Celtic complete two-year loan deal for Man City's Arzani

Arzani was signed by Man City from Melbourne and has now been loaned to Celtic. Credit: PA

Celtic have completed a two-year loan deal for Australia and Manchester City midfielder Daniel Arzani.

The 19-year-old impressed for his country at the World Cup finals in Russia, where he was the youngest player in the tournament, and recently moved from Melbourne City to the Etihad Stadium.

The attacking midfielder told Celtic's official website: "Celtic is a massive club with a great history and one of the best followings in the world, so I'm looking forward to getting started.

"The idea was put to me to come to Celtic and work with Brendan Rodgers, and it was something I was very interested in doing, and when it became a reality, I was very excited.

"I've had a couple of chats with the manager, more about when I'm coming and when I'll get started, but I'll have more chats with him after I settle into the club. But, for me, it's about coming here, doing the best that I can and helping the club as much as possible."

Arzani will link up with international team-mate Tom Rogic, who signed a new five-year contract at Celtic Park towards the end of last season.

"I gave Tom a call and had a chat with him about the club and everything was positive," Arzani said.

"Basically he said to me that if it wasn't so good, he wouldn't have signed an extension to stay at Celtic Park. Apparently, playing in front of the Celtic fans is absolutely amazing and I'm really excited about that.

"All of Celtic's home games look absolutely amazing. The scenes at the game are unbelievable, and I love it when the crowd gets behind me. I'm an attacking player. I love to take players on and hopefully I can bring some of that to the team."

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