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'I almost left Parkhead when Mowbray arrived' -- Lennon

Neil Lennon admits he might have left Celtic in the summer.

The former Hoops captain was appointed interim manager for the rest of the season on Thursday after Tony Mowbray's wretched nine-month reign as Parkhead boss was ended following the 4-0 Scottish Premier League thrashing at St Mirren.

Lennon, who has recruited former Celtic team-mate Johan Mjallby as his assistant, was a coach under Mowbray's predecessor, Gordon Strachan.

However, when Mowbray replaced Strachan in the summer he brought with him Mark Venus and Peter Grant as his assistants and Lennon was eventually made reserve-team manager.

It was reported in recent weeks that the Irishman had found himself on the periphery at Parkhead and asked if he might have gone at the end of the season, he replied: "Possibly. I have been doing my coaching licences and was having a look at how things would have developed and looking at the future possibilities of getting a manager's job elsewhere."