‘I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football,’ Lenny

CELTIC LEGEND Neil Lennon has this evening been appointed the Interim Manager of Celtic until the end of the season and has the incentive of making it a longer term gig if he can deliver 8IAR and perhaps a third consecutive treble for the club.

Brendan Rodgers walked out on Celtic yesterday and this evening has been officially appointed as the new Leicester City manager – see HERE to watch his video to the East Midlands fanbase. Three or maybe four supporters turned up at the stadium to greet their new boss.

That allowed Celtic to confirm the appointment of Neil Lennon, who rather fortunately was a free agent after leaving Hibs last month by mutual consent.

“I am absolutely delighted to be named manager of Celtic again,” Celtic legend Lenny said this evening.

“This is a club which has been such a huge part of my life already and it is an honour to be asked to return.

“I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again. I will be doing all I can to continue the great work that has gone on in recent years.

“I am delighted that John Kennedy and Damien Duff have agreed to be part of my team. John will allow us to have important continuity and Damien will bring real knowledge and experience to the first team squad.

“I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football and I can’t wait to get started.”

Peter Lawwell, who moved fast to bring Lenny back to the club after it became clear that Rodgers wanted to go to Leicester and was aware that the Premier League club had met offered enough in compensation to automatically trigger the release clause, also commented on tonight’s appointment.

“We are pleased to be able to announce Neil’s return to Celtic.

“In bringing Neil back to the club until the end of the season, we have appointed a man who knows what it means to be Celtic manager and someone who knows how to win.

“We know he has the commitment and desire needed to face the challenges ahead.

“We are delighted to also promote John Kennedy to assistant manager and bring Damien Duff into our first-team management group. This will bring vital continuity and allow us to build on Brendan’s legacy.

“The club is in a great position on and off the field, and with Neil, John and Damien leading the first team, I am sure we can continue our success.”

Ian Bankier, The Celtic chairman also welcomed Neil Lennon back to the club.

“We are delighted to welcome Neil back to the club and we are sure he, John Kennedy and Damien Duff will form an excellent team to drive us on across the rest of this season.

“Neil knows all there is to know about Celtic, he is a top-class coach and we are sure his knowledge, experience, drive and determination will be very important qualities to us going forward.”

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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