Lennon and Celtic on threshold of long SPL dominance
Celtic's deserved title-winning success throws up two key questions.
Will we now see a long-running period of Celtic title dominance and will manager Neil Lennon decide that it is time to move on?
Let's take the second question first.
Lennon will sit down with his agent, Martin Reilly, in the summer to discuss his future.
Leave football aside for the moment. Lennon has endured the kind of strife and personal attacks upon his safety that would shock people in a banana republic.
That it should happen in modern Scotland is a disgrace.
I cannot begin to comprehend being sent bombs in the post and being attacked in the street. Can you?
That these things have happened on the basis of a football manager's religious background are a shocking indictment of parts of Scotland.
Lennon has tried in-between times to run a football team.
That he has steered them to league success with personal mayhem as his constant companion speaks of a strong character.
He still has much to learn about harnessing his passions in a way that reflects better on him and the club he manages. But that comes with age and experience.
When he sits down, he will reflect on the personal cost of these traumatic times to him and his family.
Lennon will weigh that against the future prospects for the team he is building.
He might also reflect that, while he will always take stick from fans because of his own fiery nature and the status of the club he manages, a more civil, more decent, more compassionate and outward-looking Scotland is also being forged while the kind of bigots who targeted him are driven to extinction.
The first question will also be a key component in Lennon's decision-making process.
It goes without saying that, unless Scottish football suddenly converts to a socialist-type redistributive model of wealth sharing, Celtic could be Kings of the Hill for years to come.
That will weigh heavily on Lennon's mind.
He has given Celtic sterling service as a player and manager and could walk away with his head held high.
But, as a football man, it is difficult to see where a better opportunity might present itself for him.
Celtic are Gulliver in Lilliput in terms of resources and support in the Scottish dimension.
The future for them and Lennon appears to be whatever they want it to be.
He has won his first Scottish title and should be able to repeat that with some ease.
Europe, though, is the stage he can truly test himself on.
They flew the flag against the giants of European football on a Ryanair budget.
Lennon and Celtic are not similarly handicapped.
Europe is the stage that Lennon and Celtic will want to fly high on.
Once the summer soul-searching is over for the Celtic manager, I suspect he'll be fastening his seat belt, passport in hand, for adventures in Europe with Celtic.