Celtic: Neil Lennon’s early goal was to be a vet

NEIL Lennon has revealed he wanted to be a vet rather than a footballer when growing up.

Former midfielder Neil Lennon failed his biology exams. Picture: SNS

The Celtic manager harboured ambitions of a career caring for animals as a young boy in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.

He had to give up on his ­ambition after flunking his biology exams at school.

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The Parkhead boss told of his secret ambition during an online question and answer session with fans hosted by Celtic sponsors Magners.

One supporter asked Lennon: “If you didn’t succeed as a footballer what career do you think you’d have now?”

The former midfielder replied: “I wanted to be a vet. Though my biology studies didn’t go quite as well as planned.”

The Northern Irishman said he became hooked on football after joining a supporters club team in Lurgan.

He added: “I played boys club football for the Celtic Supporters Club in my home town.”