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Neil Lennon pleased with Celtic record

Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon

By Chris McLaughlin

Neil Lennon is content with his brief record in office as he seeks to become Celtic manager on a permanent basis.

The interim boss will meet with major shareholder Dermot Desmond after the season ends at Hearts on Sunday.

"I am not a politician, let's get that right and I'm not going to give an ideological speech," said Lennon.

"I have made my pitch already with what's happened over the last couple of months and I don't think I can do any more in terms of performances."

The former Celtic captain has been in charge since Tony Mowbray was sacked in March and has led the side to seven straight league wins.

However, that success has been tempered by the shock Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Ross County early in Lennon's reign.

"I will probably speak to Dermot after the game on Sunday but whether he gives me an answer then or not I don't know. There's no time scale on it," said the Irishman.

"There are no positive or negative vibes, it's just speculation at the moment but Dermot knows what I think is required."

Lennon, who has no previous management experience, believes he is ready for the challenge but admits to being surprised by how well he has slept since taking over.

"I've not felt under any immense pressure - maybe that is because the job is not mine permanently," he said.

"I haven't lost any sleep. I've just got on with it."

MY SPORT: DEBATE

Asked what his feelings would be if were to be overlooked, Lennon replied: "I am prepared for that, I am comfortable with it.

"Everyone is saying it would be devastating. It won't. It's football and I have had highs and lows as a player.

"Very early in what you would deem my managerial career, I had a huge low (losing to Ross County) and came through that okay.

"So it won't be a devastating blow, but it will be a disappointment, yes."

Lennon remains a favourite with the bookmakers to make his position permanent despite speculation in the past few weeks linking Scotland boss Craig Levein with the post.

Southampton boss Alan Pardew and former Barcelona and Valencia coach Ronald Koeman have also been touted as possible contenders.



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see also
Lennon decision 'within 10 days'
05 May 10 |  Celtic
Lennon wants big-money signings
01 May 10 |  Celtic


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