Tom Boyd believes Neil Lennon will get a hero's welcome at Celtic Park
Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd believes Neil Lennon is in for a hero’s welcome on Saturday when he returns to Celtic Park as manager.
Lennon’s last game as Celtic manager at Parkhead was in 2014, when he picked up his third straight Premiership winner’s medal.
Five years on and the Hoops will welcome Aberdeen for a game Lennon previously described on Celtic TV will be like ‘going home’.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Boyd believes the sell out shows the fans are prepared to back Lennon.
Boyd said: “He’s certainly someone who will get a fantastic reception which he thoroughly deserves after what he gave to this football club.
“As a player and a manager and a supporter, he always backed us to the hilt.
“We’ll give him a real hero’s welcome.”
Lennon has enjoyed a perfect return to the hot seat, winning both of his first two games as interim manager.
Stepping in to replace Brendan Rodgers, Lennon’s stock among the Celtic fans has risen again.
Always considered a popular figure among the support, Lennon’s return has galvanised the club.
Celtic’s quest for a treble treble could have ended when Rodgers departed for Leicester. However, Lennon steadied the ship at the club during their hour of need.
Wins over Hearts and former club Hibs see Celtic go into the Aberdeen game in great shape.
Their eight point lead in the league and treble treble hunt is intact, no one could’ve asked for more a week ago.
A hero’s welcome
Saturday’s sell out against Aberdeen will be no easy fixture.
Despite the Dons’s patchy form, they raise their game against the Champions.
A thrilling 4-3 win in December for Celtic gave them all three points at Pittodrie in their last encounter.
Celtic have a 100% record at home in the Premiership this season. Lennon will demand nothing less than three points on his hero’s return to Celtic Park.