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Hoops manager shifts focus to SPL

By | 13th August 2010

After an eventful summer where a plethora of new signings at Celtic Park were followed by a heart-breaking Champions League elimination, manager Neil Lennon is ready to move on to the Scottish Premier League.

Lennon, who formerly represented the Bhoys as a player as well, has been criticized for not building a competitive squad after a new-look Celtic side performed inconsistently over the course of its North American tour last month.

However, that only means that the 39-year old cannot wait to prove the detractors wrong by starting the season strongly away to a tricky opposition in Inverness this weekend.

“It’s a difficult one and it’s an interesting one as they’ve been in great from and they had a great run towards the end of last season to get promoted,” Lennon said about the club from the north.

“It’s always a very hard place to go to and get a win. In my time, even as a player, I think 2-0 was probably our best result and we always won by the odd goal if we’ve won up there at all.

“It’s a very proud community and they put a lot of faith in their club. I was up there a couple of weeks ago watching a pre-season friendly so we’ll be up against a very highly-motivated team.

“They are a team who will want to make a big impression and who’ll want to take a scalp on the first day of the season, so we’ll have to be at our best.”

Lennon went on to discuss the pressures that come along with managing an established, well-supported club like Celtic. But having been a part of the organization for an entire decade, he is no stranger to the gargantuan expectations of the team’s supporters.

“Celtic fans demand the title every year. It’s pressure but I’ve had pressure here for 10 years as a player, as captain and as coach so it will be a wee bit different. It will be a wee bit sort of isolated on me, but I’m ready for it and I’m looking forward to it,” he concluded.

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