Bruised and battered, Lennon is here

Since I wrote last, Celtic have lifted the SPL trophy for the first time since season 2007- 2008, Gordon Strachan’s third and final SPL title. It had been a rather sombre end to his penultimate season as manager, following the passing and funeral of Tommy Burns who left his role earlier in the year.

During Tommy’s illness Strachan had a coaching void to fill and he turned to recently departed player, Neil Lennon. Strachan had handed the captaincy to Lennon when he became head coach in 2005, now he had brought him back in a coaching capacity.

I’m fairly certain Tommy would have approved of Lennon as his replacement had he not had more pressing concerns during that time. You can never be sure of how successful an appointment will be, but you make your call and you stick by it.

This season, and with memories of Tommy still very much in the minds and hearts of the supporters, Celtic reclaimed the SPL title under Neil Lennon. The path that has brought Lennon to this point has been both humbling and turbulent.

We’ve all had a go at his tactics and selections but on the whole we have backed him. I can’t think of a manager who I haven’t criticised.

When I look back at the dyed-blonde haired guy who strolled into Celtic Park in December 2000 for just under £6M, I wonder. Would I believe you if you were to tell me he was to become the biggest ever hate figure for our rivals?

No, not even if you were to tell me he and his family would be threatened to within an inch of their lives. If you showed me a time-line of the events he has gone through in his life I would say it was a work of fiction and you should get it published because it was too far-fetched to be real.

We support Celtic because of who we are, where we came from and are always open to all. Despite the best attempts of our suppressors in the media, Scottish football and opposition we continue to represent Celtic Football Club.

Atop all that Neil Lennon stands with the SPL trophy and has a smile. See you next season, Lenny, not so sure about Rangers right enough.

Hail! Hail!

BF

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