NEIL Lennon and Jose Mourinho have both doffed their caps to Alex Ferguson at the start of a Champions League week packed with potential.
"He has been a port of call for me, particularly in the Champions League. We were mainly playing on the same nights and he was wishing me luck but also giving me a wee titbit on who we were playing," claimed Lennon (left) in advance of Celtic's big night against Juventus at Parkhead tomorrow.
"I am three years into this and it is really demanding. He has had 20-odd years. It is incredible."
Mourinho was Ferguson's guest at Old Trafford yesterday and watched Manchester United prepare for Wednesday's titanic Champions League tussle with Real Madrid with a 2-0 win over Everton to move 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
"We've had so many matches between us, with Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and now with Real Madrid. In every club I meet Sir Alex. I've won games, I've lost, I've drawn," gushed Mourinho (right).
"I want to win and he wants to win. But I believe the loser, in the middle of being sad, will have a little bit of space to feel happy because their friend has won."