Neil Lennon lauds Celtic boss Ange; reveals personal inspiration after multiple chats

By John McGinley

April 21, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has changed the entire landscape of Celtic since his arrival in Scotland.

Not only has he turned around the club’s fortunes on the pitch but he’s become an icon of the Bhoys support.

And it seems he’s had quite the impact on the man he replaced too – Neil Lennon.

Lennon gave an interview to PLZ Soccer today and while you might be reading many headlines focused on the season everyone wants to forget, he did have some positive stuff to say too.

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He isn’t hiding his admiration for the Australian and even stated he has taken personal inspiration from the Celtic manager.

Lennon said: “He’s been a breath of fresh air. I think his style of football is great to watch. I think the way he comes across in the media, he’s pretty straightforward.

“I think he’s a genuinely a really good guy. I’ve spoken to him on a lot of occasions.

“He’s rebuilt the squad, which needed doing, everybody knew that. But I think some of the players he’s brought in have been fantastic. And he’s on the cusp now of winning the title which would be a remarkable achievement.

“I’ve taken a leaf out of his book. Ange has been in Australia, Japan, Scotland, so I’m looking at it thinking ‘why not go abroad and broaden your horizons and take on a different culture.’ Looking at what Ange has done over the last few years and his body of work was sort of a catalyst for me doing this.”

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Omonia Nicosia have had a mixed bag of results since Lennon took charge but he has guided them through to the semi-final of the national cup competition, which was their only real goal left this season when he took charge.

They’ll take on Anorthosis Famagusta over two legs across the next couple of weeks, with the chance of playing AEK Larnaca or Ethnikos Achna in the final.

In other news, Anthony Ralston talks up bond with injured Josip Juranovic ahead of his biggest Celtic mission yet.