Celtic manager Neil Lennon has lauded incoming first-team coach Gavin Strachan as the outstanding candidate and has stressed he was selected for the role ahead of other options.

The Hoops have announced the arrival of first-team coach Strachan, with the 41-year old joining the Scottish champions from English third-tier side Peterborough United.  


Strachan spent much of his playing career in England, and the Hoops will be hoping the ex-Doncaster Rovers assistant manager will be able to put his wide array of experience to good use at Parkhead.

Celtic manager Lennon hailed Strachan after he joined the Scottish champions and believes the appointment will prove to be a successful one for the club, with the Hoops boss stressing he, assistant manager John Kennedy and the players will work well with the newcomer.

Lennon admitted he found Strachan to be the outstanding candidate amongst the number of other available coaches that were on the shortlist, but the Celtic boss finds the 41-year old to be the most deserving.

“We are delighted to bring Gavin to Celtic, he is a brilliant appointment for us and someone I know will work really well with myself, John Kennedy, the players and the rest of our backroom team”, Lennon told the club’s official site.

“We had a number of options for the role but Gavin was the outstanding candidate.

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“He is a really talented, experienced, hardworking and respected coach and I know he has the right qualities to make a great contribution to the Club.

“We are all really pleased to welcome Gavin to our team.”

Strachan served as an assistant manager to Darren Ferguson at Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United before leaving his post at the Posh to join the Scottish champions.