Joe Ledley opens up on Celtic manager Neil Lennon's Rangers routine

By David Walton

March 28, 2019

Former Celtic star Joe Ledley has opened up on Neil Lennon’s routine before matches against Rangers.

Ledley played under Lennon for several years before leaving for Crystal Palace. The Welshman managed to secure three Scottish Premiership titles during his stay in Glasgow.

He’s mostly known for a stunning header in a crucial 1-0 win over Rangers that helped turn the title race in Celtic’s favour back in 2011.

Neil Lennon would show the love to his players after Rangers wins (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

And Ledley has revealed Lennon’s Glasgow derby routine before and after games to the public. Speaking in the Daily Record, Ledley spoke about how psyched up Lennon would get the players.

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“Lenny was great in the dressing room before the Old Firm games. His team talk would get you so psyched up for the game and hammering home what it means to the fans.

“You could see deep down how much it meant to him and then afterwards he would come in and hug you, tell you how much he loves you, how great you were and what a result it was.

“He’d speak to you one on one and tell you as a team and as players. You love that in a manager and want to work under a boss like that.”

The two sides of Lennon

Ledley, of course, has mainly touched upon what Lennon is like in the dressing room after a win. Goodness knows how angry he would get when Celtic didn’t get the result, however.

Joe Ledley was a key player during Lennon’s first spell in charge (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This weekend, the current Celtic crop will be feeling that Lennon routine for themselves. A victory and they’ll be feeling the love, but a defeat and they may not be let out the dressing room for a while.

Lennon’s fiery nature is his most outstanding attribute. It’s the kind of personality that seems to get the best out of players more often than not. So far under Lennon, however, Celtic have struggled for good performances despite churning out some big wins.

It remains to be seen how this weekend goes. But Ledley’s words certainly prove that Lennon will have the players fired up for the game. Here’s hoping that’s on show this Sunday.