Everybody knows that Hibernian manager Neil Lennon is a big Celtic fan, who both played for and managed the club for years – and that will make him all the more motivated and determined to ensure that the Hoops don’t clinch the league title at Easter Road on Saturday.
Of all the things that have applied to Lennon over the years, he himself would admit that he is a natural winner and a very sore loser.
That applied during his time as a player, as a manager – look at his fury when Celtic were denied at Hampden through some poor refereeing decisions – and now at Hibernian, where he has a side only just promoted to the Scottish Premiership in a battle with Rangers and Aberdeen for second place in the table.
Lennon’s sides haven’t held back this season against the Hoops and nor should they, and they have always ran the Bhoys close, drawing twice and losing 1-0 at Celtic Park in the league.
There’s an outside chance that Lennon feels he has unfinished business at Celtic Park after the way he left the club, and his former team-mate Chris Sutton believes, as reported by the Herald, that Lennon will return to the Hoops when current boss Brendan Rodgers eventually leaves.
That remains to be seen, but a Hibernian triumph against the soon to be crowned league champions would be a reminder to the likes of Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell that Lennon is still a force to be reckoned with.
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