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Thompson admires Lennon's resolve

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 08:14

Celtic boss Neil Lennon
Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic first-team coach Alan Thompson has praised manager Neil Lennon for dealing with the pressures of managing the club.

Last night it was revealed another parcel bomb ‘similar in nature’ to those sent to Lennon and two high-profile Celtic supporters was intercepted in Northern Ireland.

But Thompson insists Lennon, who has been the subject of death threats in his first full season in charge at Parkhead, has not allowed off-field issues to distract him from his job.

Thompson said in the Scottish Sun: ‘I think a lot of people would struggle to cope the way he has, so it's testament to him as a man.

‘He's fantastic on a day-to-day basis, the same as he was as a player.

‘He's no different considering everything that's been thrown at him.

‘He's got good people round him, both at work and at home.

‘He's got a strong family so as long as everyone keeps doing what they're doing he'll continue to manage.’

Celtic are one point behind Rangers with a game in hand and five matches to determine whether they will lift the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy.

Thompson added: ‘When you're at a club this size it's not going to be plain sailing.

‘It certainly hasn't been the case this season. There's been ups and downs but hopefully, come the end, it will be worth it.’

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