Neil Lennon ( born June 25, 1971 in Lurgan, County Armagh ) is a former Northern Irish football player who in his career, among other things, played for Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City and Celtic. Since 2010 he is a football coach of the Scottish first division club Celtic Glasgow.
The dynamic, combative Irishman began his career in the youth of Manchester City. After his debut in professional team Lennon was transferred in 1990 to Crewe Alexandra. There he took his leave for higher tasks and eventually moved in 1995 to Leicester City, where he quickly became a key player and then to his dream club Celtic moved ( Transfer fee: € 8.625 million in winter 2000 ). Lennon was due to its " typical Scottish play," one of the most popular players in the Celtic fans, but also within the team an absolute key player and captain from 2005 to 2007.
Lennon was national player of Northern Ireland and was even wearing the captain's armband in some games. After several death threats he finished, however, after 40 international matches his national team career. After moving to Nottingham Forest, he signed in January 2008 at the Wycombe Wanderers and announced in April 2008 that it changes with immediate effect in the coaching staff of Celtic. After the sacking of Tony Mowbray in March 2010, he enlisted as interim coach Johan Mjallby as together with his assistant after. On June 9, 2010 Celtic announced that Lennon will lead the team as head coach (manager) in the new season.
- League Cup winner: 1997 (1:1 and 1:0 against FC Middlesbrough and 2000 ( 2-1 against Tranmere Rovers)
- Scottish champion: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007
- Scottish Cup Winners: 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2007
- Scottish League Cup winner: 2001 and 2006
- UEFA Cup finalist: 2003 ( 2:3 against FC Porto )