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Neil Lennon faces Hearts and Hibernian in his opening two matches as Celtic manager

Jay Williams

Neil Lennon has been named as the new Celtic manager until the end of the season after Brendan Rodgers departed yesterday.

Rodgers left to return to the Premier League and replace Claude Puel as Leicester City’s manager.

And Celtic moved quickly to appoint Lennon as an interim manager until the end of this campaign.

Lennon returns to Celtic five years after he was last manager of the club. But this time, he faces two intriguing tests in his first two games.

The Northern Irishman will take the reins tonight as Celtic face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Lennon was Hibernian manager earlier this season and will be desperate to get a win against Hibs’ Edinburgh rivals.

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The 47-year-old also has a history with Hearts, having been hit by a coin (BBC Sport) during the Edinburgh derby earlier this season.

After Lennon negotiates the match against Hearts, he will come face to face with his former employers at the weekend.

In the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, Celtic travel to Hibernian to take on the club that sacked Lennon earlier this season.

Once again, there is vested interest in Lennon: he will be determined to prove why Hibs were wrong to part ways with him.

Lennon’s first two matches back as Celtic manager are potentially mouth-watering encounters.

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