Lennon back at Celtic Park to work alongside Strachan

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Celtic have appointed their former captain Neil Lennon to the club's coaching staff. Lennon, now 36, left Celtic Park last summer and has had playing spells at Nottingham Forest and Wycombe this season. However he returns to Celtic with immediate effect and will be on the bench as a coach for tomorrow's Premier League game against Motherwell.

Lennon said: "I am overwhelmed at being offered this chance to return to Celtic, a place where everyone knows my heart lies."

The former Northern Ireland international's move into coaching marks the end of his playing career. Lennon joined Celtic from Leicester in 2000 for £5.5m, joining the former Foxes manager Martin O'Neill in Glasgow.

He was appointed captain by Gordon Strachan in 2005, shortly after the Hoops manager took over from O'Neill, and led Celtic to back-to-back championships before leaving for a fresh challenge.

He joins a coaching staff which includes the assistant manager Garry Pendrey and Tommy Burns.