Lennon is the man to give life to Bhoys
Sunday 04 April 2010
Neil Lennon's reinvigoration of Celtic has been abrupt. As a midfielder at Parkhead, he was a source of tenacity, and often indignation if standards fell or opponents were confrontational. As a manager, he has revealed his desire to succeed, and is such a compelling individual that he incites a response.
He stepped into the breach after a 4-0 defeat to St Mirren condemned Tony Mowbray. The team had fallen into a deep sense of angst and Lennon, who was managing the reserves, had to assume control for last Saturday's visit of Kilmarnock. Celtic were bold and defiant in winning 3-1, but then Lennon's personality is so commanding that a reaction was inevitable.
"Celtic Park is not an intimidating place for teams just now and we want to restore that. It pains me to say but when teams go to Ibrox, Rangers are very strong. To have any chance of winning championships you have to make the most of your home advantage," he says.
This season's title is effectively beyond Celtic, but the imperative for Lennon is to restore credibility.
Celtic have been linked with Mark Hughes, Nigel Pearson, Craig Levein and Paul Lambert, but with a Scottish Cup semi-final next Saturday against Ross County and seven League games, including today's trip to Hibernian, Lennon can make a persuasive case for himself.
"It doesn't bother me in the slightest," says Lennon about the speculation. "The club are duty-bound to look at other candidates but it is an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I want the job."
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
Top conservatoire offers ‘groundbreaking’ arts degree
Latest in Sport
Manchester United official team photo: Antonio Valencia and Anderson pull the funniest faces
F1 Singapore Grand Prix: FIA clarifies radio message allowances as Mercedes' 'it's hammer time' saying survives ban
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt, including Danny Welbeck must be more clinical and Hector Bellerin debut
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1 player ratings
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West halts concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly