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31 March 2010 08:02
Johan Mjallby answers Lennon's call and hope their message gets through to the players What is more important - a haircut or helping your old club get back to where they belong? Johan Mjallby decided that the second course of action was the right one and agreed to head back to Glasgow and help ex-team mate Neil Lennon in his hour of need at Celtic. Mjallby took a call from his friend shortly after Lennon was elevated to the manager's job at Parkhead. He was not given nor needed much time to give his answer and returned to Glasgow the next day. Mjallby said: "It's brilliant to be here, of course. The Celtic supporters will always have a big place in my heart, so when Neil phoned me in the afternoon and told me I had one minute to decide it was quite simple to say yes, even if I didn't know much about what he wanted me to do. I packed my bags and organised my flights and now I'm here. Obviously, over the years I have met Neil at different functions and at different games here at Celtic Park and we have always talked about it. If he came across a job as manager, then he would ask me to go along with him and work with him. In the end it came out of the blue, but it was easy decision - should I go and get my hair cut or join Celtic?" The new managerial pairing made a good start to their tenure in charge with a 3-1 home win over Kilmarnock at the weekend. The Swede is looking to build on that win in the coming weeks with the only realistic hope of silverware comes in the form of the Active Nation Scottish Cup where Ross County block the way to the final at Hampden. Mjallby said: "The players are here to perform and do a job. We need to get the team back to winning ways and develop a winning mentality, which Neil and I both had on the pitch and in the dressing room here at Celtic. Hopefully we can at least get our message across to the players and get a wee bit more organised at the back as the players are good enough to perform and get results - I am sure of that. When the confidence is not really there, there will always be pressure at a big club. You are here to win trophies and it hasn't gone well this season, but hopefully we can finish off well and see what happens."