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Celtic confirm Neil Lennon as new manager

Neil Lennon (Jeff Holmes/PA)
Neil Lennon (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Celtic have appointed Neil Lennon as their new manager, after the clubs their treble-winning season.

He has been handed a 12-month rolling contract, which he was offered immediately after their William Hill Scottish Cup final win over Hearts.

Lennon returned to Celtic Park in February following Brendan Rodgers' sudden exit for Leicester City and has helped deliver the treble treble, with the champions ultimately finishing nine points ahead of Rangers in the league.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder has now managed to get Celtic over the line in four of their eight consecutive title triumphs.

As their record-breaking season came to a close, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said he was "delighted" to offer Lennon the position.

“Neil stepped up to the plate when we needed him. He’s a true Celtic man who knows the club and the city. He’s a winner with a fantastic eye for a player," he said.

Lennon spent four years at Parkhead winning three league titles and two Scottish cups between 2010 and 2014 before moving to Bolton and then Hibernian in 2016.

Neil Lennon and the Celtic squad pose with the trophies (Jeff Holmes/PA)
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He will be assisted by John Kennedy - who he inherited from Rodgers' back-room team - with Damien Duff continuing in his role as first-team coach having been promoted from his reserve team post on Lennon's arrival.

Lennon said: "It is a massive honour to be named Celtic manager once again. I had always dreamed of returning to this role on a permanent basis and I am absolutely delighted to once again be part of one of the biggest and best clubs in the world - an institution which really does mean so much to me and one which has always been such a huge part of my life.

"When I was asked to take over in February, I felt it was my duty to do so. Celtic will always be my club and I wanted to help finish the job which had been started.

"I was delighted with the way the players stuck to their task and delivered another historic success, which is unlikely to ever be repeated. I was also delighted to receive such great support from our fans since returning, something for which I will be forever grateful.

"In the space of just a few weeks, trophy day at Celtic Park and securing the Treble Treble at Hampden are two of my greatest days in football. The energy, total commitment and passion from our supporters, the effort, the talent and desire from our players. It's these qualities which make our club great and deliver such historic occasions.

"I want to be part of delivering more of these great days and great achievements and I look forward to working with the players, the staff and the fans to make this happen."

After Saturday’s game, Neil Lennon was offered the post in the dressing room (Jeff Holmes/PA)
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