Callum McGregor pays tribute to job Neil Lennon has done

By John Reid

December 11, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon recently made history when he became only the second man at the club to win the domestic treble as both a player and a manager.

Lennon, who won the League Cup for the first time as Hoops boss in Sunday’s 1-0 Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers, follows in the footsteps of club icon Billy McNeill, who also won the treble as player and manager.

Callum McGregor, who has been a key part of the Hoops midfielder under Lennon, believes that the Celtic boss has to go down as one of the best managers in the club’s history, and on par with McNeill as manager.

“A born winner”

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“Definitely, there’s not too many in that category, so it shows just how good a manager he is, the calibre that he’s got. He’s a born winner” McGregor said, as reported by the BBC.

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Lennon’s ability to get results when the team aren’t performing well is one of his greatest strengths.

Look at the Scottish Cup Final, for example. The Hoops played poorly, and went 1-0 down to Hearts in the second-half.

However, Celtic were able to dig in and win the game 2-1, and complete the domestic treble.

Up there with the best when it comes to trophies won

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If you look at the number of trophies Lennon has won for the Hoops in both his spells as Celtic manager, he is up there with the very best.

He has won the joint third most honours by a Celtic manager, with eight major honours, leaving him equal with Billy McNeill. Both men trail Willie Maley, who won 30 major honours, and Jock Stein, who won 25.

That does prove McGregor’s point though about Lennon being a ‘born winner’. He is the ideal man to lead the Hoops to nine, then 10 in a row. Hopefully by the time he departs Celtic, he will be clear in third place as the manager with most honours won at the club.