THE CUP IS MINE.. & SO IS THE JOB
Boss Lennon guides his Bhoys to treble Treble before being offered the post full-time
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