Lennon unable to savour derby day

22 October 2010 08:30
Neil Lennon no longer enjoys the build-up to Old Firm derbies now he is manager of Celtic. The former captain no doubt relished the battles with Rangers as a player but now sees the famous fixture differently from the dugout. He drew first blood by claiming victory over their bitter rivals as interim boss when Celtic ran out 2-1 winners at Parkhead in May. Lennon now prepares to do battle with Walter Smith again this weekend in a hugely-anticipated first Old Firm derby of the season. With plenty at stake for both teams, the Hoops boss knows it is a clash most observers are looking forward to but says he is unable to savour the anticipation himself. Speaking on the club's Channel 67, Lennon said: "I think everyone else is looking forward to it but I have other things to think about in terms of team selection and preparation. "I am pretty much engrossed in all that at the minute. I am looking forward to it and I am looking forward to seeing how the team handles a very good Rangers team. But the derby games, for managers, are not the most enjoyable experiences."

Source: PA