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Lennon has feeling of vindication after guiding Celtic to title

Neil Lennon admits he feels vindicated after managing Celtic to this season's Scottish Premier League title.

The Hoops clinched the premiership with a 6-0 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday and Lennon was absolutely thrilled after the match, indicating that he believes he has made it in the managerial game after a indifferent beginning.

"I feel vindicated now. I felt as though I was on probation as Celtic manager before," Lennon said.

"I was walking behind (former Celtic managers) Martin O'Neill, Gordon Strachan, Wim Jansen, Davie Hay, Billy McNeill and Mr Stein.

"But now I feel I can step out and walk alongside them and that's a fantastic feeling for me."

He added: "You are ultimately judged by championships - winning cups isn't enough.

"People outside will say 'they're only this, they're only that' but to win a title in your country is special.

"I'll tell you how hard it is - it's so hard we haven't done it in three years.

"To have achieved it is a great day for the club, the supporters - and the Lennon family as well."

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