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Celtic: Neil Lennon replaces Brendan Rodgers as manager

Celtic: Neil Lennon replaces Brendan Rodgers as manager

Neil Lennon won three league titles and two Scottish Cups in his previous stint as Celtic bossNeil Lennon says it is "an honour" to have been asked to manage Celtic for a second time after Brendan Rodgers completed his move to Leicester City.Lennon, 47, will take charge until the end of the season, starting with Wednesday's Scottish Premiership game against Hearts at Tynecastle.The Northern Irishman returns to the club he led to three titles from 2011, having left Hibernian last month.
"This is a club which has been a huge part of my life already," Lennon said.
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Lennon, who will be assisted by current first-team coach John Kennedy and former Republic of Ireland international Damian Duff, also won two Scottish Cups during four years at Celtic Park.Prior to that, the former midfielder made 214 appearances for the club in a seven-year spell before leaving in 2007. "I have given everything to Celtic as a player and manager already in my career and I am ready to do the same again," he added. "I will be doing all I can to continue the great work that has gone on in recent years. I am returning to one of the biggest and best clubs in world football and I can't wait to get started."
'He knows what it means to be Celtic manager'
Rodgers has signed a contact with Leicester until June 2022 and succeeds Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge.It marks a Premier League return for Rodgers, who previously managed Liverpool and Swansea City.Lennon, meanwhile, left Hibs in controversial circumstances in January, with the Scottish Premiership side saying he had "not been dismissed" and had "not resigned". He left Celtic in 2014, before an ill-fated stint with Bolton Wanderers in the English Championship."In bringing Neil back until the end of the season, we have appointed a man who knows what it means to be Celtic manager and someone who knows how to win," Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said. "We know he has the commitment and desire needed to face the challenges ahead. "We are delighted to also promote John Kennedy to assistant manager and bring Damien Duff into our first-team management group. This will bring vital continuity and allow us to build on Brendan's legacy."
'It suits both parties to a T' - analysis
Former Celtic striker Scott McDonaldI think it's worked out just nicely for Celtic that Neil Lennon is out of a job. It's very convenient. I think it suits both parties right down to a 'T'. Celtic need a manager and someone who understands the football club and Neil Lennon is certainly that man. It will give him an opportunity to go and prove himself again just like he did in the first period when he was manager there. He came in as caretaker, did an exceptional job and he'll be looking to do the same and put his name in the hat to remain there permanently.
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