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Bolton manager Neil Lennon

Celtic legend Neil Lennon says there was something boyband about Scott Brown and his old Hibernian team-mates.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon

Speaking to the Scotsman, newly-appointed Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has vowed to toughen up the team, suggesting there is a boyband culture at the Leith club.

The 44-year-old is back in management for the first time since being sacked by Bolton Wanderers earlier this year.

During a seven-year Celtic career, Lennon had plenty of scraps with the Edinburgh outfit throughout his illustrious stint with the Hoops.

He came up against Celtic star Scott Brown and former Rangers man Steven Whittaker in games against Hibs, in which he accused the duo of trying harder against the Hoops than they would have against, say, Motherwell for example.

But the Northern Irishman, who replaced Alan Stubbs at Easter Road, says it's time to change that soft mentality at Hibernian, who ply their trade in the second tier of Scottish football.

“Boyband, boyband. That’s what I felt about Hibs, from when I first came to Scottish football as a player for Celtic," he told The Scotsman.

“I played against Scott Brown and Steven Whittaker, lads like that. They would play Celtic, play really well and then go out partying in Edinburgh, getting pats on the back. Then they would go and lose to Motherwell the week after."

Lennon certainly has decent foundations to work with at Hibernian who, under Stubbs, beat Scottish Championship winners Rangers to win the Scottish Cup last month.

It was a momentous day for the club, but Lennon will hope that it acts as a springboard to help them win promotion back to the big time next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and Bolton manager Neil Lennon

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