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Neil Lennon hails Hibernian dream start after earning Manager of Month award

By Ronnie Esplin

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has been named Scottish Championship Manager of the Month for August.

The former Northern Ireland international has guided the Scottish Cup holders to the top of the table after beginning the campaign with five successive victories.

The award caps a double celebration for Hibs after striker Jason Cummings was named Player of the Month following his impressive start to the new season.

Lennon said: "Keeping clean sheets has been key for us this season, and in Jason Cummings we have a player in red-hot form.

"That said, I have been really pleased with the form of all the players as it was important for us to make a good start to the season and we have done that.

"People can turn on you very quickly as we have seen before, but we're scoring goals, creating good chances and our mentality has been very good.

"Hibs are one of the biggest clubs in Scotland - a big city club just off the back of a fantastic win in the Scottish Cup - and our priority is to win promotion which I have made very clear from the start. We're happy with the start we've made but it's only five games in."

Meanwhile, Dean Windass has told Rangers boss Mark Warburton to build the side around his son Josh if he wants to close the gap on Celtic. The performance of the former Accrington Stanley playmaker was the one small chink of light on a dark day for Gers at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Ibrox men were humiliated by a 5-1 thrashing as Brendan Rodgers' merciless Hoops ran amok.

Windass senior said: "The Celtic that Brendan is building has energy and pace. In my opinion, I don't think Rangers have enough legs in their team. If you look at guys like Scott Sinclair and James Forrest, Celtic do.

"In my opinion, there is only Josh and Barrie McKay in the Rangers team who are going to unlock the door."

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