Neil Lennon opens up on making a fool of himself as Celtic manager

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Ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits that emotions got the better of him at times during his managerial stint at Parkhead.

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted via the Daily Record that he made a fool of himself at times during his managerial stint at Parkhead.

Lennon, who left the Bhoys in 2014 after four trophy-laden years in Glasgow, was no stranger to heated incidents in charge of the club.

In 2011, the 44-year-old was slapped with a four-match touchline ban following an aggressive exchange with then-Rangers manager Ally McCoist following a 1-0 Scottish Cup win for the Hoops, with the images broadcast live on Sky Sports.

That incident came just two months after the Northern Irishman was given a six-game touchline ban for excessive misconduct, following an incident involving a fourth official during a 2-0 defeat by Hearts.

Lennon, who joined Bolton Wanderers after leaving Celtic, before being sacked earlier this month, insists that he is a more mature manager now, admitting that his previous misdemeanors in Scotland embarrass him.

“I had a lot of trouble with referees in Scotland," he said via the Daily Record.

“I had some horrendous decisions against me when I was Celtic manager. People say they even themselves out but I didn’t see it that way as I was just seeing injustices against my team.

“When I look back at the early footage of my managerial days at Celtic I know emotions run high but I realised that at times I made a fool of myself. I have learned now to take a step back.”

 

Earlier this month, former Scotland forward Alan Brazil touted Lennon to replace the under-fire Ronny Deila at Celtic Park (Sunday Post), with the Bhoys making hard work of winning the Scottish Premiership this season.

 

Deila's side sit four points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, with a game in hand, though results have hardly been the stuff of dreams in recent weeks and it remains to be seen if the club will extend the Norwegian's contract.

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