Lennon joy doubles after win

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Neil Lennon has welcomed the news that he is set for a new contract after clinching his first trophy as Celtic manager.

The Hoops secured a 3-0 win over Motherwell at Hampden Park to claim the Scottish Cup less than a week after missing out on the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title to rivals Rangers.

And Lennon - who has been operating on a six-month rolling contract - looks set to have more to celebrate in the weeks ahead after the club's majority shareholder Dermot Desmond told a radio station he wants the Hoops boss to remain at Celtic "for a very long time". Responding to those comments, Lennon said: "I'm pleased. It's great to hear, although he's not said that to me yet!"

He added: "He's been a great supporter. This time last year, after Ross County, he was on the phone to me and gave me great encouragement.

"Throughout the season he has given me a lot of good advice, as has [chief executive] Peter Lawwell and [chairman] John Reid.

"The support I've had from behind the scenes has been fantastic and we will sit down hopefully in the next week or two and see where we go from there. I love the job, I love the challenge that lies ahead. I've had great backing from the board in general.

"There is a conflict of feelings because we didn't win the league but there is a lot of satisfaction from the season overall. It's nice to put a trophy in the cabinet and hopefully we can build on that."

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall said: "We knew all along that we would have to be at our best and I don't think we were at our best but you can't take away from the lads' spirit, endeavour and commitment.

"Celtic were by far the better side but the couple of bits of luck that we needed just didn't go our way. There are a lot of disappointed players in there because we prepared really well but our top players maybe just weren't on top of their game. But it was a good spirited effort by them.

"There is nothing I can say to the lads that is going to take away the pain and disappointment but they should be proud of their achievements and what they have done this season. (It) just wasn't their day."

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