Neil Lennon has declared he would be interested in becoming Aberdeen manager.

The former Celtic and Hibs manager was touted as a possible Pittodrie contender before Neil Warnock was appointed until the end of the season.

And Lennon, 52, has confirmed he would be keen on returning to the dugout and taking over at Aberdeen.

Veteran boss Warnock is currently in charge on an interim basis while a major club review is undertaken.

And Lennon has thrown his name in the mix as the next possible Aberdeen manager as he hailed the "great potential" at Pittodrie.

He said: "I was linked with the Aberdeen job when it came up but at the time, I was still involved with the Republic of Ireland process and I couldn't really take that on.

"Timing is important and the Aberdeen job is something that I would be very much interested in, no question. I think there is great potential at Aberdeen.

"I didn't think I was as popular up there. It is nice to know that the fans like me. That's great."

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Lennon did come close to a return to management with Ireland but missed out as the football association preferred a candidate with international experience.

The ex-Celtic captain was a serious contender for the post but won't become the manager of the national team.

And Lennon further revealed that he's knocked back jobs having been offered positions in the summer but feeling the timing was off.

He added: "I was close to the Ireland job. I was disappointed to miss out on that. The feedback was positive.

"They wanted to go with someone with international experience. They have made a decision and that will be announced next month.

"I am just looking to back in. I have had a bit of time out. I got offered a couple of jobs in the summer. The timing wasn't right and they didn't appeal to me."

Neil Lennon was promoting Viaplay's live and exclusive coverage of Celtic v Livingston and Hibernian v Rangers on Sunday. Viaplay is available to stream from or via your TV provider on Sky, Virgin TV, and Amazon Prime as an add-on subscription.