Only Lennon and McNeill have won all three Scottish trophies as a Celtic player and manager

By John McGinley

December 9, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has become just the second person in Scottish football history to win all three domestic trophies as a player and a manager with the same club, The Glasgow Times report.

The paper recognises that Davie Hay and Alex McLeish have completed the set of Scottish title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup as players and bosses, but they did it at different clubs.

Lennon now takes his place in Hoops and Scottish football history alongside one of the greatest icons our game has ever seen – Lisbon Lion Billy McNeill.

It’s quite the achievement.

He had previously failed multiple times to lift the League Cup during his first spell as Celtic boss, heartbreakingly missing out in two finals at Hampden.

However, a tremendous performance from Fraser Forster and a Christopher Jullien goal, both of whom were his signings, combined to push the Bhoys towards a huge win yesterday.

Lennon spoke about finally lifting the trophy post-match, telling The Glasgow Times: “I didn’t want to talk about that before the game but it means the world to me.

“The League Cup has been something of a monkey on my back. It owed me one. It’s just nice to tick that box as a manager.

“Obviously you want to do it in spectacular fashion at times, but that’s not always possible. When we won here against Kilmarnock we should have had it home and hosed and we lost that one. So I feel I was due one. But we now march on and look forward to things.”

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History Bhoy

Lennon won his first set of trophies as an iconic midfielder in Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side, as well as Gordon Strachan’s.

He won the league title in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007. His Scottish Cup victories came in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2007, with the League Cups arriving in 2001 and 2006.

That was quite the haul before ever taking to the dugout, where he’s added a further eight trophies as a manager, including yesterday’s triumph.

It’s a wonderful record and just demonstrates how much of a club legend he’s become.

In the ongoing Celtic story, Lennon has written his own distinct and illustrious chapter.