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Why Neil Lennon's place in Celtic history is assured even if there's no perfect 10

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Neil Lennon with the Scottish Premiership trophy (SNS Group/PA)

Neil Lennon with the Scottish Premiership trophy (SNS Group/PA)

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Neil Lennon with the Scottish Premiership trophy (SNS Group/PA)

Few individuals really, truly, understand what it feels like to manage an Old Firm club. And fewer still can comprehend having to shoulder the challenge of sketching out history.

Walter Smith may not be among those who hope Neil Lennon succeeds in helping Celtic to 10 successive Scottish championships, but the Rangers legend will certainly have the profound knowledge of carrying a similar burden.

Smith helped the Gers to nine in-a-row between 1989-97. The idea of either a Celtic or Rangers side ever emulating the feats of Jock Stein's supreme Parkhead outfit of the 1960s to mid-70s was fanciful back then, but Smith, former assistant to the thrawny Jim McLean at Dundee United, with an upbringing in Glasgow's tough east end, did so.