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Neil Lennon: It's not about me or Brendan Rodgers - it's about Celtic winning

Neil Lennon won three league titles in his first spell in charge of Celtic.
Neil Lennon won three league titles in his first spell in charge of Celtic.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

New Celtic boss Neil Lennon says that the focus should be on his club rather than on the two men involved in one of the biggest stories of the season.

Brendan Rodgers completed a move to Leicester City on Tuesday but Celtic took just minutes to announce Neil Lennon as his successor after the Carnlough man's switch was sealed.

Lennon returns to the club on a short-term deal until the end of the season. The Lurgan man had left Hibernian last month and says he didn't hesitate to go back to the club he captained as a player and managed from 2010 to 2014, when he led his team to three league titles.

"The club comes first. I want to bring as much success in my time here as I can," he said at the end of what was a whirlwind day at Celtic Park. "It's not about me coming back, it's not about Brendan leaving, it's about Celtic winning the league and hopefully a cup as well."

Rodgers' departure comes ahead of the crucial stage in the season. Celtic are currently eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and travel to Hibernian in a crucial Scottish Cup quarter-final on Saturday as Lennon returns to his old club.

That's just one of three mammoth clashes to begin Lennon's second spell in charge. His first match will be a league game at Hearts on Wednesday evening while Aberdeen are the visitors for his first home game on Saturday, March 9.

"This is a club which has been such a huge part of my life already and it is an honour to be asked to return," he said.

“I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again. I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football and I can’t wait to get started.”

Rodgers has put the foundations well in place for Celtic to complete their third successive domestic treble and Lennon says he will look to ride the wave of momentum at the club.

"There's always huge expectation, " he said. "The players have been exceptional over the last two or three years. All I want to do is carry that on. It's not broken. I'm not coming in to revolutionise anything.

"I'm going to lean on John (Kennedy - assistant manager) a lot. He has been with Brendan and know how it works. He knows the system and I'll be tapping into that a lot. It's vital for me.

"It will take me a few days to adjust and for the players to adjust to me but their won't be sweeping changes, that's for sure.

"(The players) are in great form and I don't want this to disrupt their flow. They've a job to do, they know that - eyes on the prize - and I'm just here to help them along with that.

"I just want to say I will do all I can to bring success and try and continue the style of football the supporters were used to under the previous manager."

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