McDonald insists Lennon has what it takes to restore Celtic's fortunes
Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald believes Neil Lennon has a great chance of becoming the club's new manager.
Lennon, who is leading Celtic until the end of the season after Tony Mowbray was sacked, has said he wants the job.
And Middlesbrough forward McDonald, 26, told Chick Young's World of Football programme that Lennon has the qualities necessary to succeed in the post.
"He's got great ability and has been about some terrific managers, and knows what it's all about to win," he said.
McDonald, who scored 51 goals in 88 games during a three-year spell at Celtic, joined Boro in January for a fee in the region of £3.5m.
And the striker believes Lennon has the winning mentality to succeed at Celtic Park.
He'll be the same in the changing room, full of praise for the lads, wanting them to work hard for him and that's all you can ask
"Time will tell," McDonald told BBC Radio Scotland. "I'm confident in his ability and obviously he is as well.
"If he can get the boys going and get on a good streak until the end of the season, and do well in the league - with big game at Celtic Park against Rangers - and win the Scottish Cup, then I think it's all but made for him.
"Even just listening to him speak in the media conference on his first day (you could tell) he wants the job, he's desperate for it and I thought he spoke very well.
"He'll be the same in the changing room, full of praise for the lads, wanting them to work hard for him and that's all you can ask."
McDonald said his Middlesbrough career had yet to get off the ground after recovering from a hernia operation and hamstring injury.
"It's taken a wee while for that to clear up and then the games came thick and fast," said the Australian international.
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