Lennon’s First Game In Dugout, Robbie Keane Wonder Goal & Skipper Scores – 10 Years Ago Today

Today marks ten years since Neil Lennon took charge of Celtic for the first time. Celtic had a very different look about them back then, but there was one familiar face on the scoresheet as skipper Scott Brown played that day.

Celtic hosted Kilmarnock, just days after a 4-0 defeat at St Mirren saw Tony Mowbray get the sack. The Hoops lined up as follows:

Boruc, Hinkel, Thompson, O’Dea, Naylor, N’Guemo, Brown, McGeady, Samaras, Keane, Fortune (Rasmussen 83)

A lowly 41,000 turned up with Celtic at their lowest ebb since the 90s. It took 37 minutes to break the deadlock but what a goal it was from loanee, Robbie Keane. The Irishman nutmugged two Killie defenders before chipping the goalkeeper to round off a wondergoal.

The Irishman was running amok, as evidenced by his second of the afternoon on 62 minutes. Keane brought the ball down on the right hand side then jinked past the defender before lashing into the far corner.

Moments later, Scott Brown got in on the act, when McGeady broke down the left and scuffed a shot across the box, which Broony was on hand to tap in.

Kilmarnock clawed one back in the 73rd minute through Bryson, but it mattered little as the full time whistle sounded with Celtic winning by three goals to one.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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