15 May, 2011

"For me; this isn't the end, it's just the beginning," - Northern Ireland's Neil Lennon remains defiant at end of torrid season but bitter rivals Rangers win third consecutive Scottish Premier League Title:

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LOW POINT OF TURBULENT SEASON: Lennon attacked by 'fan' at Tynecastle
Neil Lennon spoke with pride today at Celtic Park as his side beat Mother - well 4-0 but came up one point short in the Title race as Rangers beat Kilmarnock 1-5 at Rugby Park to lift a 54th SPL Title.  
Neil Lennon thanks Celtic's fans
Rangers mark Walter Smith's last game with Scottish Title
Lennon made allusions to what has been a very troubled season for him personally by stating:  "Some people up here need to look at themselves in the mirror."  He appeared close to tears as he thank Celtic fans for being "magnificent" all season.  In a season in which Lennon received death threats, bullets in the post and had a parcel bomb intercepted on it's way to his house and last week was even attack by a rival 'fan' on the pitch; Lennon has indeed had much to endure.  He had however remained stoic and strong willed throughout:  "We as a club this season have nothing to reproach ourselves for.  The board, the supporters, the players, they've dealt with a lot of issues with great dignity and the players played with great panache.  A lot of people in the game in Scotland need to take a good look at themselves in the mirror."
Lennon's end of season speech on the Parkhead pitch received a rousing three minute standing ovation from the Parkhead faithful; but the silverware is going across the city to Ibrox.  Celtic are in the Scottish Cup Final; but the League is the crown that everyone wants to wear.  Everyone with Hoop Dreams will have more hope of League success next season with Neil Lennon as their manager.
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