Five talking points from Neil Lennon, away from his interview with PLZ interview with Peter Martin that was posted yesterday afternoon. Here are the five topics that the former Celtic manager has been discussing today as he continues with his media work, which is designed to raise his profile and perhaps lead to a managerial appointment as Lennon ‘puts himself out there’.
Neil Lennon’s Five Talking Points…
1. Cliftonville star Sean Moore should pick Celtic over West Ham
2. Shay Given is right, Joe Hart can be Celtic stopper for years to come
3. There are a host of Celtic players that could cut it in the Premier League
4. The main thing a manager learns if they manage in Scotland, is a winning mentality
5. Kris Boyd can have his opinions, but I wish I had Kyogo and Moussa Dembele in my team at the same time
Cliftonville star Sean Moore should pick Celtic over West Ham believes former Hoops manager Neil Lennon. “I think Sean Moore should come to Celtic. Celtic are renowned for developing players and I’m sure he will be familiar with the club’s history. I think he will feel more at home. West Ham are a good club with a great manager but at this stage in his career, Celtic is the better move for him,” believes Lennon.
And he also believes that Shay Given is right in saying that Joe Hart can be the Celtic shot-stopper for years to come. “Joe Hart has had a great career, and has done well at Celtic,” Lennon, who was speaking about Celtic v theRangers odds, said.
“Every season, any club is trying to evolve and have options for different positions as well as competition. For example, when Jovanovic left and Alistair Johnston came in it was seamless.
“In Joe’s case, he has another season at least. People behind the scenes will be looking for alternatives if need be. However, I wouldn’t argue with Shay Given about goalkeepers. He knows a good one when he sees one.”
And on the subject of whether some of the current crop of Celtic stars could cut it in the Premier League in England, Neil Lennon had this to say: “Celtic are full of players that could play in the Premier League, such as Reo Hatate, Callum McGregor, Alistair Johnston could all progress to England.
“I want to keep an eye out for Ryan Porteous who’s gone to Watford, he’s done very well there and he plays for Scotland. John McGinn, Andy Robertson and other Scottish players who made the move to the Premier League show the way the Scottish Premiership develops players.
“The next one to come through is difficult to say, for me. There’s been too big of a gap between Celtic, (the)Rangers and the rest of the league. There needs to be more development in players so there can be a dent made in the league,” Lennon added.
Asked about managerial lessons while working in Scottish football he had this to say: “The main thing a manager learns if they manage in Scotland, is a winning mentality.
What you achieve in Scotland is a winning mentality. Brendan Rodgers touched on that when he went to Leicester City, he learned how to win and I learned how to win under Martin O’Neill. You have to go to clubs like Celtic or Leicester, where the demands are so high. If Ange Postecoglou went to the Premier League, he would have the tools ready, such as the mental strength and a few trophies on his CV,” Lennon reckons. Ange though isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!
And finally on strikers, Lennon had this to say after the blue-nosed loud mouth Kris Boyd had his say at the weekend, saying that Kyogo isn’t on the same level as the former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
“Kris Boyd can have his opinions, but I wish I had Kyogo and Moussa Dembele in my team at the same time,” Lennon said. “Kyogo and Dembele are two different types of players. Both of them are brilliant centre-forwards. Kyogo is more dominant in his play, and his movement off the ball and finishing is top class.
“Moussa Dembele is very powerful and is a fantastic finisher. He is also good in the air. That is Kris’ opinion at the end of the day and many may defer from that. Personally if I could I would have both of them in my team.”