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Saturday 27 December 2014

Celtic manager Lennon 's Dundee trip brings back memories

A jury has found two men guilty of plotting to assault Neil Lennon and others
A jury has found two men guilty of plotting to assault Neil Lennon and others

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will return to a ground that holds special memories when he takes his team to play Dundee today.



Lennon made his Celtic debut at Dens Park on December 10, 2000, and marked the occasion with a 2-1 victory.

The win, courtesy of goals from Stiliyan Petrov and Didier Agathe, came two games into a six-month unbeaten run that carried Celtic to the treble in Martin O'Neill's first season as manager.

Lennon now finds himself aiming for the same goal in his third full campaign in charge at Parkhead with his side five points clear going into Christmas.

The former Northern Ireland international, who made more than 300 appearances for Celtic, said of his debut: “I remember it as if it was yesterday. I came up on the Thursday, trained on the Friday at Barrowfield.

“It was 11 o'clock in the morning and we had to put the floodlights on because it was so dark and wet.”

The 41-year-old added: “Twelve years down the line and a lot has happened obviously, a full career almost in football. It's been wonderful.

“I'm sitting here now and I don't think I could have envisaged things going any better for me as a manager in this position right now.

“We are playing well, it was an excellent second half on Saturday, a top-quality performance from everyone.”

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