Neil Lennon shares why he feels he's holding himself back at Celtic

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic before the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon feels he is a changed man now.

Neil Lennon the manager of Celtic before the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun that he feels he isn't being natural at the moment, holding himself back from his aggressive streak.

The Bhoys lost manager Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City in February, and decided to bring back Lennon as his replacement until the end of the season.

Lennon spent four years in charge of Celtic between 2010 and 2014, and having left Hibernian earlier this year, he was more than happy to make a return to Parkhead.

 

So far, Lennon has kept Celtic moving forward after Rodgers' exit. Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen means it's now six wins and two draws in eight game for Lennon, taking Celtic closer and closer to a third straight domestic treble.

Lennon isn't guaranteed of landing the permanent job just yet, but he certainly has one hand on the role having done everything asked of him so far.

The Northern Irishman was known for his touchline antics in his first spell at Celtic, often reacting angrily to decisions against his side and often being branded as aggressive.

Now though, Lennon has admitted that he feels unnatural at the moment, as he's fighthing himself and holding himself back at Celtic in order to be more mellow like Rodgers was, given that the Bhoys players worked in that environment for nearly three years.

Neil Lennon the Celtic manager during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lennon added that Rodgers did crack the whip a few times, but he has only had to do it once so far, and claims the days of being like 'the Tasmanian Devil' are well behind him now.

“I’m fighting myself a little bit at the moment. I’m not as aggressive and feel sometimes I’m holding back,” said Lennon. "I’m not being natural, but then sometimes it is good to be mellow. It’s good for the players that way because they had it like that under Brendan for a long time.”

“Brendan cracked the whip a couple of times and I’ve only had to do it once since I’ve been here. Would I change back? You mean like being the Tasmanian Devil? No, no. Those days are long gone,” he added.

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; A general view of Celtic Park prior to Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

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