Neil Lennon has revealed he was used the Celtic supervisor’s task in the dressing space shower after assisting the club to a domestic treble.
Lennon’s side beat Hearts 2-1 at Hampden to clinch the Scottish Cup, protecting a ninth domestic prize in a row for the Glasgow side.
The previous Parkhead captain took over after Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City in February.
” It’s just an advantage,” Lennon informed BBC Scotland.
Lennon, who formerly managed Celtic between 2010 and 2014 prior to moving on to Bolton and after that Hibernian, was approached after the match by club president Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond, their biggest private investor.
He said: “Peter and Mr Desmond and a couple of members of the board can be found in later on to the shower location. We had a five-minute chat and they said they wanted to provide me the job.
” It featured massive pressure however I kept it boxed in. I have actually progressed. I’m older, I had four years away, it was constantly an ambition to come back and manage Celtic again so I’m happy this day has come.
” I know people may discover this difficult to believe however I’m a great expert. I’m committed to my job. I had some lows at Bolton and after that two fantastic years at Hibs and I thought in my own ability. Fortunately, so did the Celtic board.”
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During his previous 4 years as supervisor, Lennon assisted to the club to 3 league titles and 2 Scottish Cups as supervisor.
Regardless Of that, he admitted he did not assume an irreversible deal would come on the back of including another 2 trophies to that haul this season.
” I never expected to be offered the job,” he said. “My remit from the first day was to win the league and after that if we win the cup we get two trophies which’s great.
” At no time did the board swerve from that.
” We tried our best to keep the requirements Brendan had set over the last couple of years.”
‘ The ideal prospect’
Lawwell said “there’s no much better candidate” after Lennon was used the task within an hour of full-time at Hampden.
He said: “Neil, in our minute of requirement, withstood the plate. Over the next couple of days, we will exercise the details.
” We’re absolutely delighted. Wonderful day, great achievement – probably never to be repeated.
” At this moment, in regards to looking at the squad, there’s no one that I’ve worked with who’s got a much better eye for a player. It’s better to do that [offer him the job] tonight to simply eliminate the speculation.”
‘ All of us discovered out on Twitter’
Celtic captain Scott Brown was initially spoken with post-match providing his support to Lennon being offered the job.
After news ultimately discovered Brown, he stated: “It’s sensational. It can’t get much better.
” All of us discovered on Twitter and all the lads are diving about in the changing space. We went out, got the gaffer and brought him back in. The cheer for the supervisor to get the job – it was extraordinary. He deserves it. It has been a difficult one considering that he was available in but he’s the only male in my eyes for the job.
” He has actually needed to win 2 trophies and yet again he has shown that he knows how to win prizes. He’s a great guy manager and he’s been fantastic because he can be found in. He speaks well and every one in that altering space enjoys him.”