Celtic: Boss Neil Lennon says returning to club was a ‘no-brainer’

Neil Lennon was once paraded at Celtic Park on Wednesday morning

New Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he does no longer desire to be as in contrast to predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Lennon, appointed unless the end of the season after Rodgers left on Tuesday to changed into Leicester Metropolis boss, described the resolution to conclude serve to a job he held from 2010-2014 as a “no-brainer”.

“I’m very, very grateful to be right here,” said the 47-twelve months-previous.

“I set aside no longer need the total answers, and completely I set aside no longer desire to be as in contrast to Brendan.”

He added: “I do know every other folks will set aside that as we trek along, however Brendan has his scheme and it has been wonderful, and I the truth is accept as true with my scheme.”

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Lennon, who shall be assisted by John Kennedy and first-team coach Damien Duff, led Celtic to about a titles all the plan through his first spell as manager. Having left Hibernian final month, he shall be understanding of for the characteristic prolonged-term.

“The board accept as true with set aside the faith in me to glimpse out the season,” Lennon added.

“It be been a whirlwind 24-36 hours. A really valuable thing is the club. We have misplaced a manager who will trek down as one amongst the greats and I’ve got broad sneakers to like clearly. I’m expecting the topic.”

‘I’m no longer as volatile’

With a spring in his step and an colossal smile on his face, Lennon strode serve into Celtic Park a modified man, he said, desirous to delivery his second stint as manager.

His first one started 9 years ago, when he vowed to bring the impart serve to Glasgow’s east end. Now he is a tad extra materialistic.

“The impart is right here so I accurate deserve to bring some trophies serve,” he said.

The trophies he is after are the Scottish Cup and the Premiership title, and he arrives properly-placed in each and each. Eight parts decided in the league, earlier than tonight’s scurry to Hearts; adopted up by a Scottish Cup quarter-closing scurry to Easter Toll road.

If he does raise each and each trophies, and seals the treble treble – Celtic retained the Scottish League Cup final November – this may perhaps completely no longer accurate be an length in-between appointment for Lennon.

Lennon shall be assisted by John Kennedy

So how has he modified since first turning into Celtic manager?

“I’m no longer as volatile. I wanted to contend with the realm when I first took over,” he said.

“You learn from that, you mellow. Nonetheless I aloof accept as true with that vitality and I aloof accept as true with the necessity to take, which I desire to continuously bring with me.

“I’ve been on lawful behaviour this twelve months. I’ve had no disorders with referees or linesmen.

“I worship to accept as true with that edge. Nonetheless when it involves my behaviour, I will video display that as easiest as I will. It be maturity, it is ride. Clearly you don’t select to take a seat down down in the stand and no longer have the flexibility to set aside your job neatly – so I’m very attentive to that.”

It was once decided to all at Lennon’s media convention accurate how unprecedented it technique to him to be serve on the club where he loved his perfect successes as a participant between 2000 and 2007, and likewise obtained two Scottish Cups all the plan through his spell as a manager between 2010 and 2014.

The Northern Irishman’s no longer misplaced his sense of humour either. After I requested him whether or no longer he’d deserve to rein in the ardour a minute on the touchline, and alter his behaviour, he feigned outrage, with a broad smile: “What are you making an strive to advise?” was once his immediate reply, the mock outrage elevating about a laughs.

Lennon is made up our minds to bring extra trophies to the club this season

He also had a message to any of the most modern gamers who can also very properly be tempted to affix Rodgers at Leicester, or transfer in different places.

“Whenever you leave Celtic it is no longer the identical. It be a extremely particular club – very particular strengthen,” he said.

“I do know from my like ride and gamers who I played with, if you leave the club there may be a minute bit of a hole there. Something for your spirit that won’t comparatively the identical. It be magical. This club affords for gamers and if they are brooding about leaving then I could manufacture them mediate twice.”

Gentle midfielder Lennon made 214 appearances for the Parkhead club in a seven-twelve months spell earlier than leaving in 2007.

Rodgers obtained all seven domestic trophies on hand to him after taking on in 2016, and the club accept as true with obtained seven titles in a row.

“Brendan has completely raised the bar – when it involves trophies anyway,” Lennon said. “Every person is speaking about 10. I will also accurate worship to web to eight first and take it from there. That is a very valuable thing for me and I’m no longer searching too a long way forward.

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