Neil Lennon looking forward to going "home" to Celtic Park on Saturday

By David Walton

March 3, 2019

Neil Lennon seemed to get a tad emotional after Celtic defeated Hibernian 2-0 at Easter Road yesterday.

The Northern Irishman seemed to let the moment get to him when asked post-match about returning to Celtic Park next Saturday.

Celtic face Aberdeen at Parkhead in their next match. It’ll be the first time Lennon has returned to Celtic Park in his second stint as manager. The Dons will provide a stiff test, and Lennon appeared grateful for the full-week preparation that lies ahead.

Neil Lennon nabbed a brilliant win at Easter Road yesterday (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Speaking to Celtic TV post-match, however, it’s clear that the thought of going back to Parkhead remains an emotional one for the Celtic manager.

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it – going home. It’s nice to get a home game as we’ve had two very difficult away games and we’ve dealt with them brilliantly.

“The boys need rest because it’s been a difficult week for them – mentally and physically. So they’re going to get some rest, and I can sort of get my bearings now.”

Not a bad start from Lenny

Lennon won’t get the praise for the bravery he deserves.

Celtic hadn’t won in four of their last five trips to Edinburgh. On their last three trips to Easter Road, the Hoops had lost twice and drawn once. Lennon, meanwhile, despite not knowing the players, stepped into the dugout and put his face at the forefront of those fixtures.

If Lennon would’ve lost both or even one of the two, make no mistake, some supporters wouldn’t have been happy with him. That’s just the way football is.

Brendan Rodgers failed to win in any of his three trips to Easter Road (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet, in his first week back at Parkhead, he’s already done something Rodgers couldn’t – win at Easter Road. And Celtic were certainly convincing too.

The only downsides were potential injuries to Oliver Burke and Dedryck Boyata, who both came off struggling. Here’s hoping both are fine for the visit of the Dons next week.

But Lennon is certainly ready for it. He seemed to get a fairly decent if not great reception from the Hibernian support. But when he steps out of the bus at Parkhead this Saturday, he can expect roaring cheers from a delighted Celtic support.