Celtic appoint Neil Lennon as manager for second time

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon led the team to their ninth consecutive domestic trophy

Neil Lennon wants to deliver "a fourth treble" to Celtic after being confirmed as the club's permanent boss.

Lennon, 47, revealed on Saturday he was offered the job in the dressing room showers after his side beat Hearts at Hampden to win the Scottish Cup and seal a historic treble treble.

He replaced Brendan Rodgers in February and guided the club to an eighth title in a row in his second stint in charge.

Asked what challenges lie ahead, Lennon said: "Trying to win a fourth treble."

He added: "That's a big challenge; trying to still be the dominant team in the country, and we obviously want to progress our own players through the ranks.

"Recruitment will be important as there will be players leaving. We want to freshen things up a little bit."

Lennon has signed a 12-month rolling contract, with John Kennedy continuing as assistant manager and Damien Duff retained as first-team coach.

The Northern Irishman had a four-year stint in charge from 2010 and had spells with Bolton Wanderers and Hibernian, before leaving Easter Road in January.

During that first spell at Celtic Park, he won three league titles. Prior to that, he made 214 appearances for the club across seven years before leaving in 2007.

"It is a massive honour," Lennon added. "I had always dreamed of returning to this role on a permanent basis and I am absolutely delighted to once again be part of one of the biggest and best clubs in the world - an institution which really does mean so much to me and one which has always been such a huge part of my life.

"In the space of just a few weeks, Trophy Day at Celtic Park and securing the treble treble at Hampden are two of my greatest days in football."

'We realise the squad needs freshened'

Chief executive Peter Lawwell - who along with largest shareholder Dermot Desmond offered Lennon the job on Saturday - said he was "delighted" by the appointment.

He cited the "great success" Lennon had brought to the club previously and described him as a "winner", adding that recruitment work is well under way.

"This is a very, very demanding job and there's not many people who can do it," Lawwell said. "I don't think you realise the challenges or the intensity until you're actually in the job.

"It's an amazingly difficult job. To have somebody that knows it, knows the city, knows what's required for Celtic to win, is a huge bonus.

"We realise the squad needs freshened and it probably needs strengthened. We've actually been working on it since February in terms of options and making enquiries. We know the direction we want to go in in particular positions."

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'The Celtic squad needs freshened up and strengthened'

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