‘Andy Murray is a god’ says Hibs boss Neil Lennon ahead of his potential retirement

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon spoke highly of Andy Murray ahead of their Scottish Cup match this weekend. (Photo credit: Graham Miller)

Hibernian manager, Neil Lennon has labelled tennis great and Hibs fan, Andy Murray as ‘a god’ ahead of a potential early retirement.

Murray, who joined Hibernian in 2018 in a mentor role, could have played his last professional tennis match when he confirmed in an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open that this tournament could be his last.

Lennon spoke of the public reception the Dunblane local has received since his retirement plans, hailing him as one of the all time great sporting stars. He said: “From my point of view Andy Murray is a god, he’s a sporting icon, one the greatest British athletes ever. It is a huge loss to the British public I think. It’s one of those moments that you’ll always remember, a genuine JFK moment.

“That lad had so much pressure to deal with and so much expectation riding on his shoulders. And he didn’t just get to the finals he went on to the finals in an era that will most likely be considered the greatest tennis era of all time and he was right in the mix, on his own.

Neil Lennon

The Hibernian manager said he will be fielding a full strength team against Elgin on Saturday. (Photo credit: David Ronney)

“A cut well ahead of anybody else and that is a huge burden to carry but he carried it brilliantly. He’s lived so many brilliant memories for so many people and been such an inspiration and I’m sure that will continue for him even after tennis.”

Lennon spoke to the media ahead of their Scottish Cup fifth round tie against League Two Elgin City this weekend.

Hibernian have had an active January transfer window so far for better or worse. While Ryan Gauld joins the club on loan for the rest of the season and a pre-contract agreement has been made with Celtic’s Scott Allan to return back to the club from next season, Lennon has lost the services of defender Efe Ambrose who left the club.

However, the club are hoping to land Allan earlier than expected on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

 

The 27-year-old spent a year at Easter Road before joining Celtic in 2015 and was a fan favourite while on loan last season. Lennon added: “Hopefully we can get him in before the end of the month, if not then we’ll have a good player in the building before the start of the next season on a long-term contract.

“We’re delighted because we know his qualities and we know what he’ll bring to the team, he’s something that we’ve missed at the start of this season. He had a huge impact at the club this time last year.

“There’s still a long way to go in negotiations but I he can come before the end of January it would be fantastic. But regardless it is a brilliant signing for us going forward.”

Lennon also mentioned the club were in advanced talks to sign Belgian midfielder, Stephane Omeonga from Genoa on loan.

The Hibs manager also wants a striker in this window but has no illusion as to how difficult it will be to get the players they want.

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