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Lennon: SPL Achievements are Still Valid in England

New boss discusses whether his SPL achievements actually mean anything....

Gareth Copley

Since his appointment on Sunday, new Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has had to face criticism in some quarters given his only previous managerial experience was with Celtic in the SPL.

This sort of tweet has been commonplace since his appointment:


Addressing these concerns in a BEN interview with Lennon who said:

"Without Rangers people perceive it as easy. We did win the league by 30 points so we did prove it was comfortable.

Tony Mowbray found it difficult, Rony's found it difficult to start with. It's not an easy environment to succeed.

There's huge expectations at Celtic.

He also discussed Scottish football in a wider context:

"The game is in a little bit of a decline clubwise. There's no Rangers and Hibs and Hearts - the two big Edinburgh clubs - aren't in the SPL either. It's suffered a little bit with the loss of those three clubs but there's talent up there.

Lennon went on to say that an SPL pedigree hasn't stopped players from making it big in the English leagues:

"If you look at the Scotland team and you look at some of the players who have come down - like James McCarthy, James McArthur, Andy Robertson now at Hull, Fraser Forster earned his stripes at Celtic and now he's in the England squad.

"Gary Hooper, Kris Commons - they've all played up in Scotland and thrived and not only played very well domestically but competed very well at a European level as well.

"I understand the perceptions but it's better than what people think."