Last Updated: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:03
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says it would take "something special" to persuade Neil Lennon to quit the club for Sunderland.
Black Cats boss Paulo Di Canio was sacked on Sunday evening and Lennon was immediately placed among the frontrunners for the job.
The former Northern Ireland international played down the speculation at a press conference on Monday, insisting that he hadn't even thought about quitting Celtic for the Premier League.
Lawwell says such speculation is inevitable given the impact Lennon has made at Parkhead but is confident he will stay with the SPL Champions.
"It would take something special to lure him away," he told the Daily Record. "This is a special club. It's a special job. If I was advising him as a friend, it'd have to be something different.
"If he continues to do as he is, then there will be approaches. It's inevitable.
"But he's focused on what we're trying to do and he buys into it. He's given me no indication that he wants to do anything else. He's a Celtic guy and that is a big plus."
Have you an opinion on this story? Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet.