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Brown sad over Lennon exit

Celtic captain Scott Brown says he owes everything to former Celtic boss Neil Lennon and believes he still has a huge future ahead of him in management.

Lennon resigned from his position last week after four successful years at Celtic Park that included winning three Premiership titles and two Scottish Cups.

He also guided the club to the last 16 of the Champions League after a memorable 2-1 victory against Barcelona in November 2012.

Brown was surprised at the speed of his departure and feels a club, most likely in England, will be getting a very good manager when Lennon secures his next job.

"It's been great since he came in, even when he was caretaker he brought positivity into the side - he wanted to attack and play good football and he continued that throughout his Celtic career," Brown said.

"I was surprised to hear the news - he's been fantastic at the club, he helped us a lot and he's made me the player I am today. We wish him all the best.

"There's a lot of advice he gave me. We sat down and talked about football a lot so I learned a lot under his leadership.

"He can have a huge future, he's a great manager and there will be a club out there lucky enough to take him.

"Neil is a great manager and he's always going to be a hard act to follow but I've got faith in whoever comes in and whoever the board picks.

"We've got to look forward to the Champions League qualifiers and no matter who comes in we've got to go again, we've got to win the league, we've got to try to and get into the Champions League as well.

"It's a good job for whoever comes in and we're just sad to see Neil go."