Neil Lennon talks Oasis, Celtic, Anthony Stokes, Irvine Welsh & Stiff Little Fingers in the new Hot Press!

Brace yourself for the mother of all rock 'n' footie interviews!

The new issue of Hot Press – that’s the one with the Foos on the cover! – contains an in-depth interview with football legend Neil Lennon who’s as keen to talk rock ‘n’ roll as he is footie.

“I’d just joined Manchester City in 1987 when the whole Britpop thing erupted,” he tells our man Stuart Clark. “I’ve seen Oasis 13 or 14 times, including at Maine Road, which is one of the best gigs I’ve ever been at. I’ve met them a few times – Liam is a lot smarter than he makes out, and Noel just cracks you up every time he opens his mouth – and I named my son after them as well. He’s called Gallagher…”

Turning to matters of a sporting nature, he reckons that the player he brought back to Hibs this summer, Anthony Stokes, might just be the answer to Ireland’s goalscoring woes.

"His attitude with me has been spot on,” he says of the Dubliner’s past tabloid-documented difficulties. “He's still not up to 100% fitness but has already chipped in with some very valuable goals. The crucial thing is that he focuses on his football. He’s 29 and at the peak of his career, but whether or not playing in the SPL is good enough for Martin I don’t know.”

Also up for discussion are going to a Stiff Little Fingers gig with Stuart Pearce; Celtic’s legendary win against Barca and other heady Parkhead nights; Irvine Welsh; Brendan Rodgers; the All-Ireland; sectarianism and his current manager’s gig at Easter Road.

The footballing goodness doesn’t end there, with his fellow TV3 Champions League pundits, Graeme Souness and Kevin Kilbane, giving us their thoughts on everything from Aiden McGeady and Seamus Coleman to Liverpool and the resurgent Manchester United.


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