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Neil Lennon

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.

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Neil Lennon's alarming Celtic self delusion is uncomfortable to watch and he must admit the game is up - Hugh Keevins

Join thousands of fans who have signed up to our Celtic newsletter. Compassion, not contempt, should be the motivation behind removing Neil Lennon from the firing line at Celtic Park.

The look on David Turnbull’s face when he was substituted at Livingston on Wednesday night spoke for a player’s confusion over what was going on.

One sentence uttered by the manager in his post-match press conference set off an alarm for anyone who was paying attention. “The club’s not in crisis and it’s not a shambles,” Neil said after a fourth game in a row without a win.

In a matter of days the manager had gone from self isolation to self delusion. It is uncomfortable to watch on a human level and that is how his employers should feel as well.

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