Len­non ad­mires Rodgers

Sport360 - - Football Ligue 1 - By Andy New­port @AndyNew­portPA editorial@sport360.com

Neil Len­non ad­mits he still looks up to class-act Celtic boss Bren­dan Rodgers.

The Hiber­nian man­ager faces his old side for the first time to­day and will be tasked with find­ing a way to halt the re­lent­less win­ning ma­chine pieced to­gether by Rodgers.

Len­non knows the unique pres­sures cur­rently fac­ing his com­pa­triot from North­ern Ire­land, hav­ing pre­vi­ously man­aged the Hoops him­self. But the way Rodgers has han­dled him­self amid the Old Firm spot­light has only con­vinced Len­non of his qual­i­ties as both a boss and man.

“I’ve got a very good re­la­tion­ship with Bren­dan,” he said. “He was very good to me when I was com­ing through as a coach at Celtic. I had a cou­ple of days with him at Read­ing.

“He’s gone on to do fan­tas­tic things and I ad­mire him. I ad­mire him for the sac­ri­fices and the work he’s put in to get to where he is.

“He’s brought a sense of class to the game up here with the way ev­ery­thing is done, whether it be the way Celtic play or they con­duct them­selves. He’s a very good role model for any as­pir­ing man­ager and he’s very in­tel­li­gent too.

“He gets his mes­sage across. Un­like my­self, you never seen him in­volved in any con­tro­versy, so he han­dles the pres­sure very well.”

Hoop dreams: Neil Len­non.

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