Celtic captain Scott Brown has been speaking about Neil Lennon’s temperament, as he compared it to when he was first in charge between 2010 and 2014.
Lennon had quite the rap sheet during his first spell at the club. Being sent off from the stand and being hit with lengthy touchline bans were almost the norm for him in his early managerial days. Granted, nobody could argue with his ability to win silverware either.
However, fast forward to 2020 and we continue to see a different Neil Lennon in charge. The Celtic boss has been a picture of composure since joining the club, and he’s certainly had moments where he could’ve let loose. The December loss to Rangers, the Jeremie Frimpong red card in the Betfred Cup final, the European exits to Cluj and Copenhagen – all of those could’ve brought out the rage in him.
Yet through all of that, Lennon has consistently been a source of calm. And speaking to Sky Sports, Brown has admitted that he’s much more chilled these days:
"I still manage to keep up with the rest of them"
Celtic captain Scott Brown says he will continue to play for the club until the day his "legs fall off". pic.twitter.com/ksKGOOWLbp
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 14, 2020
“He’s very chilled, relaxed. I don’t think I would ever have said that after the last time he was manager. But no, he’s grown and I think he’s enjoying being manager the second time around a lot more.
“He understands the way the lads were playing and he’s added a few of his own qualities in there as well. That’s what good managers do – they always take a good thing and try to add a couple of bits here and there that can improve you.
“It’s done that so far. Here’s hoping it continues.”
Lennon’s composure has been key to quick recoveries
Lennon’s calmness this season has been transferred onto the pitch too. It’s clear that whenever there is a justification for the players to panic, they’ve remained composed and gotten themselves back on track.
After the Euro exists and the defeat to Rangers, there wasn’t a big nervousness or panic that spread around the club. Instead, the players got on with things and bounced back in the next game in style.
A few years ago had the manager been a tad more hot-headed, it could’ve caused several slip-ups to occur in a short space of time and effectively threaten the success of our season.
However, the Celtic manager has avoided all of that since his return. It’s no surprise that Celtic constantly get back to winning ways immediately after a set-back. Since Lennon returned, there’s not been a single crisis at the club to speak of.
Sure, we’ve had our knocks. The Cluj and Copenhagen defeats, in particular, were highly frustrating. But immediately the players have gotten back on the horse and not let the knocks get to them in the long-term.
For that, there’s only one man to thank, and it’s Neil Lennon.