Neil Lennon has expressed his gratitude over being given a second opportunity to manage Celtic following Brendan Rodger’s return to the Premier League.
The former Leicester City and Celtic player ran team affairs at Parkhead for four years, winning three league titles during his stint, before leaving the job in 2014.
Lennon went on to manage Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian, with whom he won the Scottish Championship in 2017, before leaving the Edinburgh outfit by mutual consent in January, supposedly following an exchange with fellow employees.
With Rodgers leaving the Celtic job to take over at Leicester City this week, the ex-Northern Ireland international could hardly contain his joy at filling the vacancy until the end of the season.
“I feel a wide range of emotions, and the first one is obviously pride. I’ve got the privilege of doing this job again, and I’ve obviously got a huge amount of gratitude for the club taking a leap of faith in me once more,” Lennon told Celtic TV.
“It’s difficult circumstances. There’s a chasm to fill with Brendan leaving. He’s done a remarkable job, but I’m here for the club. The club comes first as do the players. I want to bring as much success during my time here as I possibly can.
“There’re always huge expectations at this club and the players have been absolutely exceptional over the last two-and-a-half to three years, with the level of performance, and the trophy haul as well.
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“All I want to do is carry that on – it’s not broken and I’m not coming in and looking to revolutionise anything. I’ll lean on John Kennedy a lot, he’s been with Brendan for these last two-and-a-half-years and he knows how it works, the system and the routine. I’ll tap into that a lot.
“It’s not about me coming back, it’s not about Brendan leaving. It’s about Celtic winning the league and hopefully winning another cup as well.
“I just want to say that I will do all that I can to bring success to the football club, and try to produce the style of football that the supporters are accustomed to under the previous manager.”