CELTIC have officially confirmed Neil Lennon as the club’s new permanent manager on a 12-month rolling contract.
It comes after the Northern Irishman guided the Hoops to Scottish Cup glory and the treble Treble.
Parkhead chief Peter Lawwell wasted no time after the Scottish Cup Final in revealing that Lennon had been offered the position full-time.
While the manager later admitted that he had accepted the job, saying it was a “privilege” to take charge of the club for a second time.
Speaking in the statement, Lennon said: “It is a massive honour to be named Celtic manager once again.
“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.
“When I was asked to take over in February, I felt it was my duty to do so.
“Celtic will always be my club and I wanted to help finish the job which had been started.
“I was delighted with the way the players stuck to their task and delivered another historic success, which is unlikely to ever be repeated.
The energy, total commitment and passion from our supporters, the effort, the talent and desire from our players. It’s these qualities which make our club great and deliver such historic occasions.
“I was also delighted to receive such great support from our fans since returning, something for which I will be forever grateful.
“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.
“The energy, total commitment and passion from our supporters, the effort, the talent and desire from our players.
“It’s these qualities which make our club great and deliver such historic occasions.
“I want to be part of delivering more of these great days and great achievements and I look forward to working with the players, the staff and the fans to make this happen.”
Lawwell added: “We’re delighted to name Neil as our new manager.
“Neil stepped up to the plate and answered our call in February, and in the difficult circumstances, played a huge part in delivering the treble to Celtic.
“We have known Neil as a player, captain, coach and manager. He has brought great success to Celtic in the past and we’re sure he’ll do so again in the future.
“He’s a Celtic man, a winner and someone we’re delighted again to have as part of the club.
“Neil has a great record in identifying players, and he has already been working hard in this area as we look to strengthen the squad this summer.
“We’re all looking forward to a positive future together.”
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Lennon took charge of the Parkhead team on a caretaker basis following Brendan Rodgers’ move to Leicester in February.
In his 14 games in charge since then, the Hoops have won 10 games both in the league and Scottish Cup, losing just once to Rangers.
The Parkhead side wrapped up their eighth successive Premiership title with two games to spare, finishing nine points ahead of the Light Blues.
Lennon will now go about making changes to his squad this summer as he bids to lead Celtic to nine-in-a-row.
The manager – who won’t be bringing Garry Park to Parkhead as his No2 – will keep John Kennedy as his assistant and Damien Duff as a first-team coach.
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