Brown gives Lennon backing
Skipper salutes boss' style
Last Updated: May 10, 2010 10:12am
Lennon: Brown backing
Celtic captain Scott Brown has given his backing to Neil Lennon to take the club's managerial role on a permanent basis.
Lennon has been in charge since the Parkhead outfit parted company with Tony Mowbray in March, guiding the Bhoys to eight successive victories in the SPL.
Despite the impressive run of form, the club's hierarchy have indicated the 38-year-old's inexperience could count against him in the chase to take the hot seat.
But midfielder Brown believes the board should take the squad's counsel in any decision over their future boss - insisting Lennon should be given a chance.
Brown told the Daily Record: "If the board ask me, I'm all ears. I will give answers about anything they want.
"You have got to start somewhere as a manager and I don't think you can ask for much better than the gaffer's record of eight wins out of eight in the SPL.
"Could anyone else have done better? I don't know. All I can say is Lenny has done a great job.
"Why can't he start his managerial career at Celtic? The lads enjoy his training and having around the dressing room. He and (assistant) Johan Mjallby have done a great job."
Celtic managed to close the gap on league winners Rangers to six points after their bitter rivals pulled away in the title race to finish the campaign with some pride still intact.
An embarrassing defeat to Ross County in the Scottish Cup ensured the season finished without silverware, although that shock defeat proved to be Lennon's only blemish during his temporary reign.
The barnstorming run of victories has also helped bolster the former Northern Ireland international's claims to be handed the job full-time.
Play for the jersey
And Brown reckons that Lennon's management style is popular amongst the ranks at the club, explaining that the interim chief has gone a long way to restoring some fight in a team short of confidence after Mowbray's ill-fated time in charge.
The 24-year-old added: "It wasn't the best season but we won eight games in a row. Since Lenny came in, we have had great team spirit and everyone is behind him.
"You can have a wee bit of banter with him but you know there is a line you can't cross. At training and on the park it's serious.
"We enjoy the games and the pressure he puts on us to go out and perform in front of the fans. He tells us to play for the jersey."