Wolves boss relishing taking on former club

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Mick McCarthy is preparing for the most friendly of friendlies against his former club Celtic, with the Wolves boss praising his opposite man Neil Lennon ahead of the clash.

The Wolves boss was more than complimentary of the Northern Irish manager, who faced a daunting season on and off the pitch as Hoops boss after taking over at the club.

"I've never been in the same team as him but he was a good player," said 52-year-old McCarthy. "He played for Celtic and had a great time up there. I thought up until the last knockings he had a really good season as manager but finished it off with a cup so it was a good season for him.

"The first season as a manager, to take that Celtic job, and done as well as he did, was pretty impressive. Some of the stuff that happened with Neil last year was dreadful. It shouldn't be in the game, some of the threats.


"We are all passionate about it, we get angry, we love it, and we get happy, but it should end on the pitch. He shouldn't have had to go through that."

Wolves are in Glasgow for tonight's match and McCarthy, while remaining amicable about the club where he scored eight goals from his centre back position, also pointed out that playing Celtic marked a step up in their pre-season preparation.

"Gradually we progress. It is being built that way or designed that way in terms of stepping things up. We've had the three games against opposition who have all played well against us. It is getting us back into playing and doing the right things on the pitch," he continued.

"We've got Celtic, then Ipswich who Paul Jewell will have well organised and drilled and coached and then we have got Real Zaragoza the week before we start. The games have just gradually got tougher and tougher."

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