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Neil Lennon has big future after Celtic exit: Scott Brown

By Tom Allnutt

Celtic captain Scott Brown says he owes everything to departed Bhoys boss Neil Lennon and is adamant the Northern Irishman has a huge future in management.

Lennon resigned from his position last week after four successful years at Celtic Park that included winning three Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups.

He also guided the club to the last 16 of the Champions League after a memorable 2-1 victory against Barcelona in November 2012.

"It's been great since he came in, even when he was caretaker he brought positivity into the side, he wanted to attack and play good football and he continued that throughout his Celtic career," said Brown .

"I was surprised to hear the news, he's been fantastic at the club, he helped us a lot and he's made me the player I am today. We wish him all the best.

"There's a lot of advice he gave me. We sat down and talked about football a lot so I learned a lot under his leadership.

"He can have a huge future, he's a great manager and there will be a club out there lucky enough to take him."

Owen Coyle, Malky Mackay and Henrik Larsson have all been linked with taking over the Scottish champions with Coyle installed as the bookies' favourite.

Brown believes Lennon's are big boots to fill.

"He's a great manager and he's going to be a hard act to follow, but I've got faith in whoever the board picks," said Brown.

"No matter who comes in we've got to go again, we've got to win the league, we've got to try to and get into the Champions League as well.

"It's a good job for whoever comes in and we're just sad to see Neil go."

Another coach who has made a strong impression on Brown in recent months is Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Despite failing to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, Strachan has revitalised the Tartan Army, overseeing four victories and one draw in the last five matches.

Scotland take on Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage tonight and Brown says the effect Strachan has had on the players' confidence has been considerable.

"It's huge," he said. "I've worked with the manager before and I know what he's all about, he's all about confidence.

"He wants us to pass the ball, move it well and create chances, in the last four or five games we've done that and we want to continue that against Nigeria."

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