Neil Lennon named Scottish Premiership Manager of the Month

Days after guiding Celtic to their first derby win of the season against Rangers, manager Neil Lennon has been named the Ladbrokes Premiership Manager of the Month for August.

The Irishman has picked up the first award of the new season after an excellent start to the league season as Celtic look to equal Jock Stein’s record of nine-in-a-row.

The Managerial award is in recognition of Celtic’s three wins out of three in the month of August, the first being the 7-0 hammering of St.Johnstone on the opening day of the season. Followed by the 5-2 away win against Motherwell and the 3-1 defeat of Hearts at Celtic at the tail end of August.

And if Celtic continue their winning ways in September then he could very well receive this month’s award also - with a superb start to the month after the Scottish champions claimed a much deserved 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Speaking to the official Celtic website after receiving his award, Lennon paid tribute to his players and the backroom staff, he said: “It doesn’t feel quite as good as Sunday. It was a team effort. The players have been magnificent. My backroom team should take a huge amount of credit. It’s been a superb effort in a very demanding month.

“It’s been a perfect start to the month. I couldn’t have asked for any more. We’ve played well, scored goals, the performances and quality has been excellent. It’s been a great start to the season but that’s all it is, a very good start.”

Despite a strong start to the league, there was disappointment as well as anger from the fans over the club’s exit in the Champions League, however that was followed up by qualification to the group stages of the Europa League after a superb 6-1 aggregate win over Swedish champions AIK.

Lennon added: “The performances and results speak for themselves The players have played strongly and showed a great mentality as they did on Sunday. They thoroughly deserved to win.

“People say it was comfortable, it’s never comfortable but the players made it look comfortable and that shows the character of the team and the unity that’s there. That comes from everybody, we’re a very united staff and a very united playing group. It’s been a tough month, mentally and physically, and now we can look forward to some exciting stuff ahead.

“We haven’t listened to the criticism. We’re up to 40-plus goals already and that got ignored in all the hysteria. We’re in a good place but we’re not taking anything for granted. We're four games in and four wins. We just want to maintain that rhythm.

“We have a two-week break. You worry about the players being away but we have some good players to come back. Tom Rogic for example, we’re hoping to see him at the end of the two weeks and he’ll be back training and knocking on the door for a place. That’s another quality player we can add to what we already have.”

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