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Celtic captain Scott Brown wants Neil Lennon to ignore England

By Ronnie Espin

Celtic captain Scott Brown hopes the attraction of Champions League nights at Parkhead can help keep Neil Lennon at the club after his manager was installed as second favourite to take over at Norwich.

Lennon was linked with Norwich long before Chris Hughton lost his job on Sunday as the Canaries battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Another former Celtic player, Malky Mackay, is odds-on to replace Hughton on a permanent basis after youth-team coach Neil Adams was installed for the final five matches of the campaign.

But Lennon has never hidden his ambition to manage in England one day and his future was the main topic as Brown launched the club's season ticket sales.

The Scotland midfielder said: "He has done a great job here, it showed last year in the Champions League as well and winning the league, and this year winning the league yet again, and getting into the Champions League again.

"What he does with us on the field day in, day out is all about football and making it entertaining for the fans. He loves the club more than anyone at the club.

"Everything is a difficult decision, especially at a club this big, but we hope he stays and it would be great for the club if he stays."

Brown has himself being linked with moves south in the past but is happy staying with Celtic.

"The main thing is Champions League, winning trophies," the 28-year-old said. "I don't want to go down the road and play in relegation battles. I want to win week in, week out. This is the biggest club in Scotland by a mile and it's a great place to be."

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