THE CUP IS MINE.. & SO IS THE JOB

Boss Len­non guides his Bhoys to tre­ble Tre­ble be­fore be­ing of­fered the post full-time

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY GOR­DON WAD­DELL

NEIL LEN­NON was of­fered the man­ager’s job per­ma­nently af­ter see­ing Celtic over the line to a his­toric tre­ble Tre­ble at Ham­p­den.

He was doused in cham­pagne in the dress­ing room cel­e­bra­tions af­ter Od­sonne Eduoard’s brace clinched a Scot­tish Cup fi­nal win over Hearts.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lawwell

and ma­jor share­holder Der­mot Des­mond then asked him to take the job for a sec­ond time.

Len­non still has to thrash out the terms of the deal but he said: “I think that there is a good chance I’ll ac­cept.

“It means ev­ery­thing to me. It’s a priv­i­lege. It was a priv­i­lege the first time.

“They asked me in the dress­ing room, with Der­mot Des­mond, the chair­man Iain Bankier and di­rec­tor Tom Al­li­son. I was drip­ping in cham­pagne.

“We’d a five-minute con­ver­sa­tion that could be life-chang­ing for me.”

Lawwell claimed he’d have been of­fered the job ir­re­spec­tive of the fi­nal out­come but Len­non in­sists he was glad he didn’t know that.

He said: “I never sec­ond guessed any­thing. Th­ese guys are class peo­ple. I trust them. If any­one has dealt with Der­mot Des­mond they will know you get what you see.

“Would it have helped if I knew be­fore the game? No, it keeps you on your toes.”

With many Celtic fans scep­ti­cal about his ap­point­ment, Len­non told them they were get­ting a bet­ter boss sec­ond time around.

He said: “I’m a bit more rounded than I was nine years ago. I’ve had highs and lows, I’m more ex­pe­ri­enced, have a bit more nous about the game and maybe not as ag­gres­sive as I once was but I’m still com­pet­i­tive and want to win.”

Lawwell added: “In our mo­ment of need, Neil stood up to the plate, we’re de­lighted to an­nounce he’s been of­fered the job.”

STAND-IN & DE­LIVER Neil Len­non cel­e­brates with tro­phy at Ham­p­den Park yes­ter­day

HELLO OLD FRIEND Boss ex­am­ines tro­phy yes­ter­day

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