Neil Lennon signs new Celtic deal
Monday 20 June 2011
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has signed a new 12-month rolling contract, the Glasgow club have confirmed.
Lennon told the club's official website: "I am absolutely delighted to agree this new contract with the club. I have had 10 great years connected to Celtic and I hope to enjoy many more.
"Clearly this is down to me and I will be doing everything I possibly can to ensure we bring our fans more success."
The Northern Irishman, who succeeded Tony Mowbray as manager on an interim basis in March 2010, has been rewarded for improving the Parkhead side in his first full season in charge.
Celtic finished second to Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last season but beat Motherwell in the final of the Scottish Cup.
Lennon's side also lost to the Ibrox men in the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.
The former Celtic skipper continued: "I have been speaking to Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) over the past few weeks and we are both delighted to move forward together.
"We have sat down, looked at last season and now we look ahead.
"I know that Peter and the board's vision for the club is the same as mine. We are absolutely together on this, we want to bring success to the club and reward the commitment which our supporters continue to make.
"We want to provide our fans with entertaining, attacking and professional football but ultimately we aim to deliver silverware.
"Work begins now on striving to bring domestic trophies to Celtic Park and on having some success in Europe.
"We have already begun looking at the squad for next season. Whoever comes into the squad I know they will be joining some very talented players here who share my appetite for success."
Lennon thanked the Celtic fans for their support last season.
He said: "The players have connected with our fans, they know what Celtic means to so many people and I know they will be looking to deliver success for them this coming season.
"Indeed, I would like to record my thanks to our supporters.
"The backing they gave to me and the team last season was absolutely tremendous.
"Clearly there was a lot involved in last season and their contribution was immense.
"I said when I was appointed manager that we wanted to re-ignite Celtic Park and make it the place it should be - one of Europe's finest, most atmospheric football arenas.
"There is no question this happened. There were numerous occasions last year when the fans' unique backing played such a crucial role and I know that we can build on this for next season.
"I know that myself, the board, my management team and all my players will be doing all we can to ensure that our fans have a team they can be proud of."
Celtic chairman John Reid said: "We are very pleased to be able to announce this new contract for Neil.
"Neil has proven himself as a football manager with great talent and someone who we are delighted to have in charge.
"For more than a decade, Neil Lennon has shown tremendous commitment and dedication to Celtic.
"Last season was a particularly difficult one for Neil, but he came through this period with tremendous credit.
"This is testament to his real strength of character and fortitude, qualities which I know he will use again as he aims to build on this season and bring the club even more success."
Lawwell added: "We have had very positive discussions with Neil in recent weeks.
"We all know the direction we are going in, we are already planning for next season and our supporters can rest assured that Neil will receive every support from the board as we aim to build on last season.
"We look ahead to the future with confidence."
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