Hoops confirm Lennon in job

Celtic have confirmed the appointment of caretaker Neil Lennon as their new full-time manager.

Lennon, a former Hoops midfielder, had been in temporary charge of first-team affairs at Parkhead following Tony Mowbray's sacking in March.

He had won all eight of his Scottish Premier League games at the helm as Rangers were crowned champions, but presided over an embarrassing Scottish Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of First Division Ross County.

"Celtic is my home. I've spent the last 10 years of my working life here and I look forward to bringing back the success our great club deserves," declared Lennon, who will be assisted by former team-mates Johan Mjallby, Alan Thompson and Garry Parker.

"Whether as player, captain or manager, I'm a Celtic supporter first and foremost and no-one will work harder to put a winning team on the park."

Lennon, now 38, won five titles during seven seasons as a player with the club and chairman John Reid believes he is the right man to bring success back to Celtic Park.

"The appointment of a manager is not a decision which any Celtic board can take lightly. Whilst some may have been calling for a quicker decision, we wanted the right decision," he told the club's official website.

"We have been thorough and professional and have made, I am very confident, a decision which will be proved to be a winning one.

"Not so long ago Celtic supporters were enjoying dominance in domestic football and real progress in Europe.

"I know we can regain this position and I assure our supporters that the Celtic board will be giving Neil our full backing to ensure that he can achieve this."

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