Lennon committed to Celtic

22 December 2012 10:27:33 EST

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has underlined his desire to stay at Parkhead for the foreseeable future.

Neil Lennon has enjoyed success at Celtic.

The former Leicester midfielder has enjoyed a successful time at Celtic since taking the management reins full time in the summer of 2010, and along with claiming one league title and a Scottish Cup, has led The Bhoys this season to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

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This fruitful return has led to speculation that a number of clubs are interested in bringing the 41-year-old to the Premier League, but commenting on the rumours, Lennon was quick to play down such talk and again reaffirmed his commitment to Celtic.

"People speak about that but I haven't had one phone call. I have an agent who would have told me if there was any interest or even a whiff of it," said Lennon.

"And even then, it would take a lot for me to be tempted. It would have to be a club where there is the same substance to the job as I have here.

"That might not be in England, it might be abroad, but it would have to be a hell of an offer and a hell of a club to take me away from here at the minute.

"I really want to put the club at the forefront of European football again. Now that is a huge challenge because we are up against it financially, but it is one I enjoy.

"Other places wouldn't give you the same buzz. You would really have to go to a Champions League club to match what you have here.

"The opportunity to win trophies and the exposure you get at Celtic is something only maybe five or six clubs in England could match.

People speak about that but I haven't had one phone call.

Neil Lennon

"The intensity of life here is something I'm used to, I'm institutionalised in it. In Glasgow, there is always a challenge.

"Something else coming up isn't something I think about. It's nice to have people patting you on the back but it lasts a month until your next bad result, and people go away and talk about somebody else."

Celtic are rated as 1500/1 to win the Champions League this season, with Manchester United 2000/1.

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