Lennon felt poised for Parkhead exit

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Neil Lennon admits he might have left Celtic in the summer.

The former Hoops captain was appointed interim manager for the rest of the season on Thursday after Tony Mowbray's wretched nine-month reign as Parkhead boss was ended following the 4-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League thrashing at St Mirren. However, when Mowbray replaced Gordon Strachan in the summer he brought with him Mark Venus and Peter Grant as his assistants and Lennon was eventually made reserve-team manager.

It was reported in recent weeks that the Northern Irishman had found himself on the periphery at Parkhead and asked if he might have gone at the end of the season, he replied: "Possibly. I have been doing my coaching licences and was having a look at how things would have developed and looking at the future possibilities of getting a manager's job elsewhere."

He added: "I was enjoying what I was doing here, for the main part. Obviously you miss the matchday scenario but Tony had his own team and I totally respected that.

"I had a very good working relationship with him. He was good to me, nothing but encouraging.

"He was very good with the younger players as well. I am sorry to see him go but it's a wonderful opportunity for me.

"I would have liked the circumstances to have been different but I have a job to do until the end of the season and I want to make the most of the opportunity."

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