Brendan Rodgers’ penchant for only the best has made quite the impression on Neil Lennon.

Stepping back into an office that he departed almost five years ago, there has been distinct changes to the one he vacated. Former Celt Kris Commons joked one day that he could barely open the door to Rodgers’ office such was the thickness of the plush carpet underfoot and Lennon admitted he was rather taken with the turn towards the luxurious.

“It’s like a floor of the Radisson!” he laughed. “I might just sit in it and say, ‘You take training today John [Kennedy], I’ll watch from here!’ You need binoculars to see to the other end of the room. There’s sofas and everything. Like the kind you’d get in Harrods. But, yes, it’s very impressive. The technology that’s there now and the analysis that’s available not only to the staff but the players. It’s fantastic. Very impressive.” 

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Rodgers’ indulgence of the grandiose has not been confined to the training ground. 

There remains a simmering anger among the Celtic support just now towards Rodgers with the timing of his exit portraying him in an entirely different light to the adoring gaze that befell him for the entirety of his 32-month reign at the club.

If his legacy has been irrevocably damaged by the way he jumped ship, what he achieved on the park with successive back-to-back trebles and the teeing up of a possible third this term has ensured that it is only an unblemished finale to the campaign that will work for Lennon now.

Stepping into the breach to offset the shock of Rodgers’ swift exit out of the back door, there will be little time for Lennon to acclimatise to his tweaked former surroundings. Lennon was reluctant to look any further than the end of the season but if there is an opportunity to secure a permanent return to Celtic then there can be no hiccups between now and the summer. 

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“I might have to win everything, because of the bar being so high,” admitted Lennon. “Like I say, it’s different circumstances. I came in after Tony and the club was going through a difficult time, the players were, and I was in the system so I knew everything. I’m coming in totally different circumstances now: the team’s going well, the club’s flying and I’m coming in from four-and-a-half years away so it will take a bit of adjusting to, no question about that.

“We have to hit the ground running as quickly as we can. I know the managers here and the players and I know how they play and obviously that’s a help. More importantly John will give me an insight into the players we have here, their quirks and personalities. And the training regime, I don’t want to disrupt that they will have their own individual programmes. I’m not going to come in here and go ‘right we’re doing it my way’ because the way they’ve done it has been working.”

The anger around Rodgers’ departure will dissipate but it will take time.

A banner at Tynecastle last night read: “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt. Always a fraud.”

However, Lennon, who kicked off the journey towards the fabled ten titles, expects that his countryman’s part in recent story will be revered. And if Lennon finishes what Rodgers’ started this season, he won’t be trying to claim too much glory.

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“It would be his title, definitely. I’m just in here to get us over the line,” he said.

“In years to come they’ll be looking back upon this period as one of the finest in the club’s history so, eventually, once the anger and the agitation settles down, I think people will be very appreciative of what Brendan did here. I know I am.

“I know [there is a lot of anger]. But it’s my job to ease that by making sure we follow on and do the job of trying to get the title and the cup as well. That’ll be down to the supporters own individual views on it. From a footballing perspective the job Brendan has done here has been magnificent.

“I know what it can be like. People say it’s maybe worse than would have been expected and I’m not going to criticise people for having their opinions.

“But it does feel a little bit over the top. The only thing is the timing of it which has surprised a lot of people including myself. There might have been things going on in the background that maybe forced the issue for Brendan. So he’s gone to a good club but he’s left a fantastic legacy here.”