Lennon and Keane developed a mutual admiration at Celtic Park
Robbie Keane has thanked Celtic for giving him back his desire for football and suggested that Neil Lennon is the man to revive the club's fortunes.
Keane confirmed that he will be returning to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan spell with the Glasgow club.
"I've done well there and got back the hunger that I had before," said the 29-year-old striker.
"If anyone can turn the club around and get them back to where they were a few years ago, I am sure Neil can do that."
Lennon became interim manager in March after Tony Mowbray was sacked while Celtic slipped behind eventual Scottish champions Rangers.
The team ended the season unbeaten in the league under his charge, although they slumped to a surprise defeat by Division One side Ross County in their Scottish Cup semi-final.
Speculation continues to grow about the contenders for the post without any sign of a successor being named and bookmakers' odds have shortened on the former reserve team manager being handed the reigns on a full-time basis.
If you ask any of the lads, any of the supporters as well, they certainly want Neil to get the job
Tottenham striker Robbie Keane
Indeed, the club on Saturday announced a series of question and answer sessions "throughout the summer" - starting at Celtic Park on Thursday - when Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell will meet the fans.
"From Neil's point of view, he would like it to happen and I'm hoping that he does get the job because I was very, very impressed with him and what he had to offer and what he did on the pitch with the lads," said Keane.
"Obviously, he is very passionate about Celtic. He loves the club."
It would be Lennon's first manager's job, but Keane disagrees with those who think the 38-year-old is too inexperienced to take a job the size of the one with Scotland's two major clubs.
The Republic of Ireland international pointed to the example of Pep Guardiola, who led Barcelona to their domestic league and cup double and won the Champions League final in his first season with the Spanish club.
"If you look at someone like Guardiola in the same situation as Neil and obviously what he has gone on to achieve now," he said.
"He can only do what he did at the end of the season and win games for Celtic and he certainly did that, obviously apart from the semi-final.
"In league games, I think he won eight in a row. If you ask any of the lads, any of the supporters as well, they certainly want Neil to get the job."
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