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Celtic offer Neil Lennon manager job on permanent basis

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic's interim manager Neil Lennon has been offered the job on a permanent basis, the Ladbrokes Premiership club have announced.

It comes after the Lurgan man and former Northern Ireland captain helped guide his team to an unprecedented treble treble after lifting the Scottish Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 win against Hearts.

Lennon moved to the club following the departure of Brendan Rodger to Celtic earlier this year.

Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell: “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. I’m delighted to announce he’s been offered the job.”

Lennon said it was a privilege to take control of the club.

He said: "I left the club on good terms the last time and nothing has changed. It has been a rollercoaster couple of months but I hope to bring more success to the club."

He said the hard work had already begun and he would be making changes.

"But I don't want to change too much. It has been a really good transition between myself and Brendan and I got to pay tribute to him and Ronnie [Delia]. They have done fantastic things for the club."

The 47-year-old lead Celtic out in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday after guiding his team to the Scottish Premiership title, their eighth in a row.

He was hastily brought in after Rodgers' controversial departure for Leicester in February.

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon with the Treble of Scottish trophies during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Pic: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic Manager Neil Lennon with the Treble of Scottish trophies during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Pic: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

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.

At the post-match press conference after winning the Scottish Cup, Lennon said: “It’s probably one of the best days of my life. You will never see it again. They are immortal now.”

 

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