Neil Francis Lennon (born 25 June 1971) is a Northern Irish football coach and former player who is the manager of Scottish Premiership club Celtic. During his playing career he represented English clubs Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Leicester City.
Lennon moved to Scottish club Celtic in 2000, where he made over 200 appearances and was appointed captain in 2005. Before retiring as a player, he returned to England and played for Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers. Lennon made 40 appearances for Northern Ireland in nine years, scoring two goals. Lennon was appointed manager of Celtic in March 2010, initially in a caretaker capacity after the departure of Tony Mowbray.
Celtic star Alan Thompson has come under fire from Hoops fans on social media after issuing a defence of Neil Lennon. The Englishman was assistant to Lennon during his first spell as manager at the club but didn't return with his old team-mate last year.
But he was quick to defend him on Twitter after criticism was aimed at him following the 2-0 win for Rangers at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.