Neil Lennon wants his Celtic players to “go to war” next season to win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title back from Old Firm rivals Rangers.
The Lurgan man was confirmed as the new manager of Celtic at a press conference held at Parkhead yesterday after a spell as interim boss following Tony Mowbray's exit in March.
The 38-year-old former Celtic captain, who will be on a one-year rolling contract, wants his men fired up for the task ahead of them.
“What I want to do is bring the thunder back,” said Lennon.
“I want this place rocking again. I want the passion, I want the noise. I want the fans to be able to walk to the ground ready for it.
“I want the players to go to war every time they go on the pitch.
“All those things will be in-built before the season starts.
“We've got to put up a really strong challenge to Rangers and try to wrest the title away from them.”
Lennon refused to confirm who he will bring in as his backroom staff but it has been reported that his assistant Johan Mjallby will be joined by former Celtic midfielder Alan Thompson and Garry Parker.
On the issue of an experienced mentor, the former Leicester midfielder admitted that he will be looking for help but was quick to stress that Finland coach Stuart Baxter, reportedly put forward by the Celtic board, is only a candidate. “Obviously experience is the one thing I don't have — I have other attributes,” added Lennon.
“I don't think anyone knows the club better than myself.”
Lennon admitted that Cardiff star Joe Ledley is on his radar — “he's one that interests us, yes” — but would go into no further details about targets, although Sol Campbell, Jimmy Bullard and Liam Lawrence have been linked with moves to Glasgow.
Lennon revealed he had a moment to himself after he had agreed terms at Celtic Park.
“Things were concluded pretty late on the other night,” he said.
“I walked down the tunnel on my own and it was twenty to one in the morning. It was a beautiful night and the only light coming in was from the moon.
“It was a very special moment to know that I would be in charge of the club and I will be walking in the footsteps of the likes of Mr (Jock) Stein, Martin O'Neill, Billy McNeill, Davie Hay, Wim Jansen, Tommy Burns and Gordon Strachan.
“But I am ready and I am looking forward to the challenge.”