Lennon admires Rodgers
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.