Neil Lennon wins silverware on first attempt after Celtic exit

By Lewis Laird

May 25, 2022

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has delivered silverware in his first season in charge of Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia.

The 50-year stepped into the Omonia job back in March, bringing to an end his year away from management after his departure from Celtic in 2021.

He led Omonia to safety in the top slight of Cypriot football before also taking the side to the Cyprus Cup final, facing relegation strugglers Achnas.

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The final didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for Lennon’s men, as they were reduced to 10 men in just the 5th minute of the game.

However, they held on through regular and extra time to take the game to a penalty shootout.

In the end, it was nervy for Omonia in the shootout, but they came out victorious, winning 5-4 and lifting the Cyprus Cup.

The cup victory also means that Lennon’s side will participate in European qualifiers next season and could even meet up with Scottish Premiership side Hearts at one stage [Edinburgh News].

Of course, the 50-year old has experience of winning cup trophies after spot-kicks, with his last cup success as Celtic manager coming in the 2020 Scottish Cup final win over Hearts.

He has won his fair share of cup competition as a manager, with this latest triumph adding to his tally of five from his time in Glasgow.

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It is fair to say his time with the club came to a disappointing end, impacting his relationship with some supporters.

However, as a former captain of the club, it is good to see him continuing to have success elsewhere and testing himself outside of his comfort zone.

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