Neil Lennon defends Celtic performances under his charge

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Sportscene clip: Michael Stewart interviews Neil Lennon
Scottish Cup final: Hearts v Celtic
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 25 May Time: 15:00 BST
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Neil Lennon has defended his current tenure as Celtic manager by claiming "it's not my side, it's Brendan's".

Lennon, 47, has suffered only one loss as boss but has come in for criticism due to the style of play from his team.

The former Hibernian boss was put in charge for a second time on a temporary basis after Brendan Rodgers' February departure to Leicester City.

"People saying, 'Well the performances aren't the same' - well they are," he told BBC Scotland's Sportscene.

"If I had gone in and changed things and it hadn't worked, I would've been making a huge mistake. It was important to get the players over the line, win the league.

"The training, everything, we kept the same. You've got to put the players first. It's an important piece of the club's history that they could achieve here.

"Going forward, the style of play I think can be a little bit different. Teams are starting to work out the way we play. We need to be more flexible in our style."

Celtic retained the Scottish Premiership - the club's eighth league title in a row - and could complete a treble treble by beating Hearts in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

As of yet there is no decision over who will take the manager's job on permanently, and Lennon says he remains pragmatic about the proposition.

"I want to manage," said Lennon. "Take a holiday first and then have a look at things and see what's there.

"I've really enjoyed the last three years being back in Scotland. I've had some great success both at Hibs and Celtic. I've enjoyed it immensely and it's been really good for me, so if it's not to be Celtic then I'm hoping for a new challenge somewhere else.

"I would love it [if I stayed on at Celtic]. It's a privileged position, I've done it before."

See more of Michael Stewart's Sportscene interview with Neil Lennon on Friday at 19:00 BST, BBC Scotland.

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