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Proud Lennon feeling at home with Celtic

Neil Lennon admits his Irish roots makes his appointment as Celtic manager all the sweeter.

The Lurgan-born former Hoops' captain was confirmed in the post last week after a spell as interim boss at the end of last season.

In a series of question and answer roadshows, Lennon will return to Ireland next month to meet Celtic supporters in Dublin and Lurgan and he knows what the Glasgow club, which has historically-strong links with the Irish, means in his homeland.

“I'm very proud,” he said.

“Growing up you always want to make your family proud and that never leaves you as you grow older and I think I've achieved that.

“I know a lot of people back home will be very pleased and proud for me as well.

“I want to make them as proud as I am. I want to put a team out there that they can all admire and follow.

“It takes a while and I've got to be patient. They've got to show a wee bit of patience with us as well, but I'm determined to do it.”

Lennon, though, understands that he has to look beyond the emotion of becoming manager of Celtic.

“I have this deep love for the club but there's a determination there that exceeds that to do well and I know the responsibilities,” he said.

“I know the support that's out there, I've been brought up with it all my life and I know what it means to so many people so that is a huge responsibility, but one that I'm ready to take on.”

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