Neil Lennon wants to mastermind Celtic’s return to domestic pre-eminence after signing a new contract with the club.
The Northern Irishman became the Bhoys’ permanent manager last summer having stepped in as caretaker following the departure of Tony Mowbray in March 2010.
However, having only been on a six-month rolling contract his future at the club was far from assured.
But after guiding Celtic to second place in the Scottish Premier League and landing the Scottish Cup last season, Lennon has been backed by the Hoops’ board and handed a new 12-month rolling contract which will see his wages double.
A former club captain, Lennon had great success at Celtic as a player and won five Scottish Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.
With city rivals Rangers having secured the last three league crowns, Lennon is targeting a return to the days of title-winning glory he enjoyed under Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan.
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“I have been speaking to [chief executive] Peter [Lawwell] over the past few weeks and we are both delighted to move forward together. We have sat down, looked at last season and now we look ahead,” Lennon told the Celtic website.
“We want to provide our fans with entertaining, attacking and professional football but ultimately we aim to deliver silverware. Work begins now on striving to bring domestic trophies to Celtic Park and on having some success in Europe.”
Celtic’s league title campaign begins on Saturday, July 23rd with a trip to Hibernian.
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