Neil Lennon handles the media’s “loaded question” like a professional as the Scottish media fail in their attempts to ruffle the Celtic manager’s feathers in a recent press interview.
The Celtic boss stated that he loves finding gems when scouting for the champions and also developing future stars.
However, Lennon also claims it would be good for Celtic to actually keep their stars and the Hoops could easily contend with Europe’s elite.
The Hoops manager told the press that in the last Champions League final you had three former Celtic players and that just backs his claim that world-class players can come from Scottish Football.
It was also great to read Lennon’s comments after the press fired a loaded question at the Hoops gaffer, hoping Lennon would give them something press worthy.
The level headed Neil responded perfectly when asked what lies in his future as manager after pretty much winning everything in Scotland and does Neil fancy the EPL after reports of Steven Gerrard being linked with clubs ahead of him.
The gaffer said:
“It would be nice to be able to compete with them. I wouldn’t say ‘envious’. I like finding players under the radar. Van Dijk is the standout example. He goes for £12m to Southampton, then £75m to Liverpool, and now he’s probably the best centre-half in the world.
“We take pride in that. We take pride in Kieran Tierney going to Arsenal for £25m. There is a lot of untapped natural talent here. Ideally, you’d love to hold on to these players because then we’d have a strong chance of achieving something in Europe.”
“That’s a loaded question! I’m not here to put myself out there to attract other clubs.
“I’m here to make Celtic and myself better. Sometimes the Scottish game gets a little downplayed but in last year’s Champions League final, we had Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama.”
“It doesn’t bother me. Steven’s done a very good job at Rangers and he’s got a great profile. I just go about getting on with things here. Sometimes, speculation can be very unsettling.
“It can make you take your eye off the ball. I’m really happy with what I’m doing at Celtic. If there’s speculation surrounding me, it’s not welcome at the moment.”