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  • Celtic appoint Neil Lennon as Manager until the end of the season

    Celtic appoint Neil Lennon as Manager until the end of the season

    By: Newsroom Staff on 26 Feb, 2019 19:05

  • CELTIC Football Club announced today that Neil Lennon has been named Celtic manager until the end of the season. Neil has already enjoyed a hugely successful spell as manager of Celtic and, of course, served the Club with distinction as player and captain over so many years.  

    Neil will be joined by John Kennedy as assistant manager and Damien Duff as first team coach. Neil will take up his role immediately and will be in charge of the team for the trip to Tynecastle tomorrow (Wednesday) against Heart of Midlothian.  

    Neil Lennon joined Celtic in December 2000 when Martin O’Neill brought him to Paradise from Leicester City, and he made his debut for the Hoops at Dens Park on December 10, helping his new team to a 2-1 win over Dundee.

    Over the next seven years, he would go on to make a total of 304 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and establishing himself as a Celtic legend.

    In that time, he won five league titles, four Scottish Cups and two League Cups, and was part of the treble-winning side of 2000/01. He was an integral part of the squad that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2003, and he took over the captain’s armband in 2005.

    After finishing his playing career following spells with Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers, Neil returned to Celtic, initially as part of the first-team coaching staff and then taking charge of the reserves. 

    Following Tony Mowbray’s departure as manager in March 2010, Neil stepped in as caretaker manager before he was confirmed in the role at the end of that season. Over the next four years he won three league titles – the first three in the current seven-in-a-row run – as well as two Scottish Cups.

    In Europe, he guided the club to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in the 2012/13 season, recording a famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Paradise along the way, the night after the club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

    Most recently, he enjoyed a spell as manager of Hibernian, securing promotion back to the Premiership and guiding them to fourth in the league last season.

    Neil Lennon said: "I am absolutely delighted to be named manager of Celtic again. This is a Club which has been such a huge part of  my life already and it is an honour to be asked to return.   

    “I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again. I will be doing all I can to continue the great work that has gone on in recent years.  

    "I am delighted that John Kennedy and Damien Duff have agreed to be part of my team. John will allow us to have important continuity and Damien will bring real knowledge and experience to the first team squad.

    “I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football and I can’t wait to get started.”

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are pleased to be able to announce Neil’s return to Celtic. In bringing Neil back to the Club until the end of the season, we have appointed a man who knows what it means to be Celtic manager and someone who knows how to win.

    “We know he has the commitment and desire needed to face the challenges ahead. We are delighted to also promote John Kennedy to assistant manager and bring Damien Duff into our first-team management group. This will bring vital continuity and allow us to build on Brendan’s legacy.

    “The Club is in a great position on and off the field, and with Neil, John and Damien leading the first team, I am sure we can continue our success.”

    Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier added: “We are delighted to welcome Neil back to the Club and we are sure he, John Kennedy and Damien Duff will form an excellent team to drive us on across the rest of this season.   

    “Neil knows all there is to know about Celtic, he is a top-class coach and we are sure his knowledge, experience, drive and determination will be very important qualities to us going forward.”

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