Desmond promises manager Lennon new Celtic contract

Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and chairman John Reid
Desmond (left) attended Celtic's cup final win over Motherwell

Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond says manager Neil Lennon will be offered a new long-term contract.

Lennon has been on a six-month rolling deal since becoming permanent manager last summer, having been caretaker boss for the end of season 2009/10.

"He's got a very positive and good future," Desmond told BBC Scotland before Celtic's 3-0 Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell.

"There's no doubt about it, he'll get a new contract; for a very long time."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon celebrates winning the Scottish Cup with his players
Lennon is now a trophy-winning Celtic manager

Lennon guided Celtic to the League Cup final and took the Scottish Premier League title race to the last day but on both occasions lost out to Walter Smith's Rangers.

However, Lennon claimed his first trophy as a manager in the Scottish Cup triumph at Hampden.

Afterwards, he said: "It's a great privilege and Mr Desmond has been very good to me in my time as manager so far.

"Even in my time as a player, he gave me great counsel throughout the season.

"For all Celtic supporters out there, he's a huge Celtic fan and he has the best interests of the club at heart.

"He was as disappointed as anyone with the way the season ended, so I hope he's enjoyed himself today."