Brown - Let's do it for Lennon
Celtic captain Scott Brown hopes success in the Scottish Cup can help make Neil Lennon permanent boss.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 26/03/10 5:37pm
Celtic captain Scott Brown hopes success in the Scottish Cup can help land interim boss Neil Lennon a permanent role.
Fans' favourite Lennon was handed control of first team affairs after the departure of boss Tony Mowbray, who was dismissed on Thursday following a heavy 4-0 defeat to St Mirren.
Mowbray leaves behind a demoralised squad, ten points off rivals Rangers at the top of the SPL while the Scottish Cup remains their only realistic silverware target as a semi-final with Ross County awaits.
Lennon has been handed the task of picking the side up and leading them to a strong finish, and Brown admits they will do all they can to enhance his chances of getting the job permanently.
"There is the Scottish Cup and that is what we are looking forward to now, that is our main aim," admitted the former Hibernian midfielder.
"Hopefully if we do win it, it will get the fans behind us again and it will get Lenny a full-time job as well.
"I think that's what we are here for, to help him, and he is here to help us as well. The players respect Lenny and look up to him.
"He has been a leader at this club and captained them to the UEFA Cup final. It is a great place for him to start.
"There is a lot of pressure with fans, media and things like that and Lenny knows what it's about and will be the right man to deal with it."
Brown, who had also worked with Mowbray at Easter Road, admits players must take a degree of responsibility for the change in personnel and admits they must strive not to let the same situation arise.
"I think the gaffer was doing not a bad job. He was enjoying it and the lads were enjoying it. But it's not us who make the decisions.
"Lenny has come in and we have to get on with it. But we have to take a lot (of responsibility) as well.
"We have let ourselves, the fans and the manager down but it's a fresh start and hopefully we don't do the same thing again."