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Neil Lennon on what annoyed him about last Celtic spell as he refuses to rule out sensational return

He may just have taken another job but Neil Lennon has refused to rule out a return to Celtic in the future.

The Hoops legend is in Romania now after accepting an offer to be the new manager of Rapid Bucharest, charged with restoring them to the top of the pile after a disappointing season. It's his first return to football after leaving Cypriots Omonia Nicosia in 2022 and prior to that it was his most recent spell in charge of his beloved Celts.

That ended in ignominy when, supposed to be the season they secured 10-in-a-row, they slumped miles behind Steven Gerrard's Rangers and Lennon lost his job before the end of the campaign. There was also plenty of controversy around a winter trip to Dubai amid lockdowns and Covid measures.

The Northern Irishman admits it annoys him that people use that campaign as a blot on his record when he feels the struggles were more down to extenuating circumstances outwith his control.

Asked out potentially returning one day, Lenny told BBC Scotland: "Maybe, but you don't know if people would want you back, that's the thing. I'm ploughing my own furrow now. I had 14 years at Celtic, 10 titles out of 14. It wasn't bad. I lost three on the last day of the season as a player and a manager. The one I lost heavily was Covid.

"My annoyance was could people not really see that? That it wasn't all down to coaching, it wasn't all down to team tactics or selection. It was down to a million other things that were going on that caused it, it wasn't just football reasons.

"So that annoyed me considering my record previously. But yeah, if an opportunity came to work at Celtic again in some capacity, I would have to give it serious consideration because I love the club."