Samaras wants Lennon to ignore Everton link

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras strongly hopes that manager Neil Lennon will not be leaving the Glasgow club to take up the vacancy at Goodison Park, according to the Telegraph.

Lennon is believed, along with Roberto Martinez and Michael Laudrup to be one of the hot contenders for the Goodison post next season in the wake of David Moyes’ move to Manchester United.

But Samaras, who joined Celtic from the English Premier League after three years at Manchester City in 2008, is hoping Lennon does not make the move south. In a spell which has seen great success in the Scottish Premier League as well as competing top-class European football, Samaras puts much of this down to Lennon’s managerial skills.

“I cannot answer questions about his future or about what he is thinking,” said the striker, who has scored 12 goals for Celtic this season.

“He is key to our success and the players are also key to the success. We’ve had a really good season.

“This year we’ve won the league again but the Champions League made people see us from a different angle maybe.”

Celtic’s Champions League run to the last 16 included a famous win over Barcelona in the group stages which has given Lennon greater prominence as a manager. And Samaras also credits Lennon’s influence upon him as a player.

“He knows exactly how to speak to me and what he wants from me. The most important thing he showed to me is his trust – when people trust me I can do everything for them.”

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