NEIL LENNON’S former Celtic teammate Lubo Moravcik believes the Northern Irishman’s return to Parkhead could be the first step towards becoming Hoops boss.

Manager Gordon Strachan has appointed Lennon to his coaching staff and the 36-year-old has retired as a player to take up his new position.

Moravcik, who spent two years playing alongside Lennon at Celtic, suspects the former Hoops skipper has the right credentials to eventually move into the Parkhead hot-seat.

“Who knows what will happen in the future, but I can see him becoming the manager in a few years’ time,” Moravcik, 42, told the Daily Record.

“I think he would enjoy that and the supporters would love it as well.”

Moravcik added: “Lenny always liked ordering people around on the pitch and now he will get to do that for a living.

“It’s going to suit him. Anyone who wants to become a manager has to start somewhere and this would be perfect for him.”

Rangers were held to a goalless draw by Sporting Lisbon in a tight Uefa Cup quarter-final encounter at Ibrox.

The Portuguese were neat in possession but rarely threatened and Lee McCulloch went closest to breaking the deadlock.

An opportunistic strike was saved brilliantly by Rui Patricio and an attempted header was deflected wide.

Rangers wilted towards the end.