No regrets in the way Lennon has led Celtic this season

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he would change nothing about the way he has handled his first season in charge of the Glasgow giants.

The former Hoops hardman has his side well-placed to take out the Scottish Premier League/Scottish Cup double and along the way has clashed with the Scottish Football Association, referees and rival managers and received multiple death threats.

But Lennon told SunSport that he is the way he is and will not change for anybody.

"I wouldn't really change anything about how I've gone about the job. You are what you are. I get fed-up with people trying to do the job for me, telling me how to behave,” he said candidly.

"I don't think there's a handbook for being Celtic manager. You grow into the job as you go along."

Lennon said that his passion for football and desire to succeed is so fierce that sometimes he gets carried away but insists that these values make a top manager, using Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson as examples.

“We all have our passions. Like Mourinho last week in the Barcelona match, he got sent off for whatever reason,” he added.

"Now he's the best in the game - but he's still liable to cross officials. I'm not going to be ranting and raving the rest of my days. It'll come with maturity more than anything else. I don't know how old I'll be if and when I finally calm down. Look at Fergie, he still has his moments and he's the granddad of them all.

"I don't think that passion ever leaves you. That will to win. You have to have it. All the great managers have it - and I want to be a great manager."

 
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