Lennon waits on Celtic decision
Neil Lennon believes a win over Rangers offered further evidence that he should be appointed as manager.
Last Updated: 05/05/10 10:03am
Neil Lennon believes an Old Firm victory over Rangers has offered further evidence that he should be appointed as manager on a full-time basis at Parkhead.
The former Northern Ireland international has made no secret of the fact that he wants to become the permanent successor to Tony Mowbray following his appointment on an interim basis in March.
Goals from Lee Naylor and Marc-Antoine Fortune either side of a Kenny Miller header earned Celtic their first win of the season over SPL champions Rangers, who had Lee McCulloch sent off in the 90th minute.
And Lennon is now hoping that the Celtic hierarchy will decide that the success is an additional reason to name him as manager, although a decision is not expected until the summer.
The former Northern Ireland international told Sky Sports 3 when asked on the subject: "I don't know, it's up to the powers that be. I feel I've done enough."
Lennon was also keen to highlight the commitment of his players after the victory marked a rare moment to celebrate in a difficult season.
He said: "I thought the team were magnificent. Overall they were magnificent tonight. It's not fair to single people out, it was a great team effort."
Lennon was also pleased for Naylor and said: "He's had his critics here. He's a quality player and he's been terrific for me since he's come back into the team."
Rangers manager Walter Smith admitted his side paid the price for a slow start despite creating a lot of chances in the second half, with Miller striking an upright late on.
He said: "I felt Celtic started very brightly. We never really got going in the first half.
"In the second half I felt we played far better. We kept the ball and created more opportunities.
"We had chances there, we hit the post and the goalkeeper made a couple of good saves. We have got to accept it, we had the chances."