Celtic captain Scott Brown has hailed Hoops manager Neil Lennon, describing him as “phenomenal” for his work since returning to Parkhead.
Last season, Lennon returned to Celtic following Brendan Rodgers’ mid-season exit, and his arrival was met with a mixed reaction from the Bhoys fanbase.
However, the Northern Irishman has done little wrong in his second stint at Celtic, steering the Hoops over the treble treble line last season and keeping up the good work this time round.
While there have been some wobbles – the Old Firm defeat at the end of last year, for example – Lennon has steered his side to the brink of a ninth Scottish Premiership title in a row, as well as the Scottish League Cup.
Rangers closed the gap to just two points with victory at Parkhead on 29 December, but after the winter break, Celtic became relentless while their rivals struggled for form, the Hoops moving 13 points clear before the season was suspended.
“The manager has been phenomenal,” Brown told Sky Sports. “He puts a lot of faith in the players and has a great backroom staff.
“I think that’s what has made us blossom in the second half of the season and it is his winning mentality as well which he drives into the lads. That’s what he brings.”
Lennon’s return to Parkhead – initially as caretaker manager before being handed the reins permanently – yielded a fair bit of criticism from sections of the Celtic fanbase, but it’s safe to say he has answered those critics.
Providing the remaining fixtures this season can be fulfilled, Celtic are heavy favourites for both the Premiership and the Scottish Cup, on top of having already claimed the 2019-20 Scottish League Cup, their bitter rivals once again trailing in the Hoops’ wake – and it’s thanks in part to Lennon’s great leadership.