Tuesday 24 October 2017

Murphy backs Lennon's passion to boost Bhoys

Ronnie Esplin

Daryl Murphy believes Neil Lennon's animated antics on the touchline are an inspiration to the Celtic players.

The Hoops' boss is becoming known for his passion in the technical area. That passion has boiled over on a couple of occasions this season, most notably during his side's 2-0 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle over a week ago.

Lennon was sent to the stands by referee Craig Thomson after a rant at the fourth official when a penalty claim was turned down.

However, Murphy does not want Lennon to calm down. "His passion for the game and the club is unbelievable and the supporters love it as well," said the 27-year-old.

"He is just the same as he was as a player. He is so passionate and it rubs off on the lads. You can see him on the sideline and he is trying to kick every ball and win every tackle, it's good for the team to have that as a manager.

"I don't think you can take that away from him, that's just the way he is. You are not going to change him and I think that is great for us."

Republic of Ireland striker Murphy returned from an ankle injury last week to help Celtic to an injury-time win over St Mirren in Paisley. He is now in line to start against Dundee United at Parkhead as a replacement for Anthony Stokes, who is out with a virus.

"I am not used to being injured," Murphy said. "The longest I've ever been out is a week, so to be out for six weeks, sitting in the stands watching the lads playing, is the most frustrated I've ever been.

"The two lads have also scored a hatful of goals between them and it is always difficult then for a striker to get back in. But I've come back quicker than I expected from the injury and I am really looking forward to playing."

Irish Independent

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