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The Celtic manager Neil Lennon was only a six-year-old boy when the current Aberdeen manager Craig Brown took charge of his first managerial job. Now, Lennon will be coming up against the 72-year-old when Celtic take on Aberdeen during the weekend.

The former Celtic player has praised the Aberdeen manager by saying that he is truly an inspiration to him. He has spoken about his achievements in football and his ability to last such a long time in the game. Brown has also been hugely successful as the Scotland national team manager during the late 1990s.

Lennon played under Brown for the Scottish team, and he even captained the side. Under his guidance, Scotland managed to qualify for the Euro 96 and the World Cup 98. These are the crowning achievements of the Scottish football in recent decades. Lennon has compared Brown to the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni, Bobby Robson, and Sir Alex Ferguson. He has said that the desire to manage football clubs has been keeping these men going, while he has also said that he wants to be remembered in the same breath. Celtic come into the match against Aberdeen on a poor run of form that has seen them win only two matches in the last six.

Aberdeen, themselves, are not in a great run of form, as they are with just one win in the last seven matches. “What he has had in the game is what I want – longevity. He’s a great guy and a great football man and I think he’ll be a loss to the ­management fraternity here in Scotland. Whenever I have come up against him, he has always been fantastic after games. I don’t know about having a need to manage, but I want to; it’s a real desire. I love football," said Lennon.