Chris Sutton has hailed the impact of Celtic manager Neil Lennon since his return to Parkhead and believes he’s got the team playing a real attractive brand of football.
The 48-year-old previously managed the Bhoys between 2010-14, but returned in February on a temporary basis following the midseason exit of Brendan Rodgers.
Lennon helped the Scottish giants get over the line for another domestic treble and was handed the position on a permanent basis.
He’s seen his team kick on with him at the helm this season and they have already qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League with a game to spare.
Celtic also sit top of the league table by two points as it stands and face Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday afternoon in the Scottish League Cup final.
Sutton can’t speak highly enough about the job Lennon is doing and feels he’s proven many wrong already.
“Lennon has done a remarkable job at Celtic this season. It was always going to be tough to come in after Brendan Rodgers upped sticks but you’ve got to say Lenny has take the team up a level,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“He’s got Celtic stronger at the back, scoring more goals and far more entertaining. There was a sizeable chunk of fans who didn’t fancy him coming back as boss again but you’ll not find a dissenting voice now.”
It seemed a daunting task for anyone to step into Rodgers’ shoes back in February, but Lennon has jumped over every hurdle thrown at him so far and seems to have improved himself as a manager.
The progress of his team in Europe shows what a quality side they have become, with Rodgers obviously laying down all the foundations for that.
But Lennon is now the man in charge that has put his stamp on the team and they are extremely eye-catching when they are in full flow.
His team can prove at the weekend that they are still the dominant force in the country by beating Rangers in the cup final.