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Neil Lennon Explains Why Cypriot League Is More Competitive Than Scottish Premiership

Neil Lennon Explains Why Cypriot League Is More Competitive Than Scottish Premiership
By Gary Connaughton Updated

While it has been challenging at times, it seems that Neil Lennon is very much enjoying his time in Cyprus.

He had a big impact after joining Omonia Nicosia earlier this year, helping them to a domestic cup triumph and a place in the Europa League. However, they had experienced some mixed form to start this season.

The club would lose two of their first three league fixtures, as well as their opening two group games in Europe. That resulted in plenty of frustration, something Lennon opted to take out on a local journalist last week.

Neil Lennon on competitiveness of Cypriot football

Omonia got back to winning ways in the league yesterday, securing a convincing 4-0 victory over Paralimni at home.

Neil Lennon was pleased with the performance, although speaking after the game, he admitted that his team needed to be far more consistent. He said that was something that was far more difficult to achieve in Cyprus, as opposed to his previous role at Celtic.

We have to be more consistent, and there's a long way to go.

This league is very competitive. It's not like Scotland, where two teams run away with it.

It's competitive because four or five teams can win the league.

Teams will take points off of each other as they go along, and a couple of wins can take you into the top three.

That's what we are focusing on - to make sure we win in the league and really compete in Europe.

It's brilliant, it's testing for them and it's new for some of the players because they've never done it before.

The last club to win the Scottish title outside of Celtic and Rangers was Aberdeen, who won back-to-back leagues under Alex Ferguson in 1984 and 1985.

The Cypriot league will now pause for the international break, with Lennon's side facing into a difficult game at Manchester United in the Europa League once they return.

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It will be interesting to see how the Armagh native fares on his return to Britain.

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