Neil Lennon: Celtic were a 'dominant team', Bolton is a different challenge

Neil Lennon is embracing the challenge at Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has told Sky Sports that he's having to adapt to not having a 'dominant team' like he had at Celtic.

Lennon, 43, was a Celtic hero as a player, and then became their manager in 2010, replacing Tony Mowbray after a poor season.

In his four years in charge, Lennon won three Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and even masterminded a famous win over Barcelona at Celtic Park in 2012.

Lennon was a popular figure and passionate manager at Celtic, but decided to leave last summer in search of a new challenge, with Ronny Deila taking his place in the Bhoys dugout.

It took Lennon a few months to get back into work, but in October 2014 he took over as Bolton manager after the sacking of Dougie Freedman - and so far, Lennon has won 13 of his 36 games, dragging the Trotters away from the dreaded relegation zone.

The former Northern Ireland international hasn't had it all his own way though, with just two wins in the last ten games meaning they end the season on something of a dismal note.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Lennon admitted that it has been a learning curve at the Macron Stadium - and it's much different to managing Celtic.

"This has been a different challenge altogether and one I’ve really enjoyed. It’s a different skill set. I was at a dominant team with Celtic," said Lennon.

"I’m learning as I go along and I think the Championship is a great league. The quality is still a bit to match the Premier League obviously, but it’s one of the best leagues in the world in terms of competitiveness. On any given day, anyone can beat anyone else," he added.

Celtic's dominance in Scotland is something that was seen as a caveat to Lennon's success, and now he must prove that he can succeed away from the Bhoys after a solid if unspectacular spell so far.

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