Managerial clean sweep will only add to Neil Lennon's status at Celtic

By John Reid

December 4, 2019

There is no doubt that Celtic boss Neil Lennon is modern day club legend. He won a host of trophies for the club as a player, and has been extremely successful in both his spells as Hoops manager.

He deserves huge credit for the way he took over from Brendan Rodgers last season at short notice and won a league and Scottish Cup double. This season, the Hoops’ performances for the most part have been excellent, particularly in Europe.

However, there is still one trophy missing from his managerial CV from his time as Celtic boss. That is, the league cup – now known as the Betfred Cup.

Not won this trophy as manager – yet

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Lennon won the trophy once as a player, in 2001. However, he has not managed to win it as Hoops manager. In his first spell as manager, he lost two finals, a semi-final and was the victim of a freak home defeat to Morton.

Now, in his second cup final since returning as manager, he has the chance to end his managerial league cup woes.

The Hoops take on Rangers in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final, and a Celtic win in the final would see Lennon complete the domestic treble as both manager and player.

Only one man at Celtic has done that in the history of the club – Billy McNeill. That shows how difficult it is to be a successful manager and player at Celtic Park.

Part of Hoops staff which won last derby final

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Interestingly, Celtic’s last cup final win over Rangers came 10 years ago, and Lennon was part of Gordon Strachan’s backroom staff for the 2-0 Co-operative Insurance Cup Final win.

That shows that Lennon knows how to be part of a managerial team that wins the league cup, if not the actual manager.

Hopefully he is finally able to get his hands on the Betfred Cup as manager on Sunday. It would end what has been a great start to Lennon’s second spell as Celtic manager.