Current Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eagerly anticipating this yearﾡﾯs Euro2016 qualifier between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
Gordon Strachanﾡﾯs Scotland host Martin OﾡﾯNeillﾡﾯs Irish side in Group D qualifying for the France tournament in September this year and Lennon is full of excitement.
The Hoops boss counts on the duo for advice and has plenty of respect for the experienced pair who have won six Scottish league titles, four Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups between them.
Lennon spoke highly of both Strachan and OﾡﾯNeill in the wake of the Euro qualifying draw which was held in Nice on Sunday.
ﾡﾰMartin had a huge influence on my career and I will always be indebted to him. In the last stages of my career, Gordon had a huge influence on me as well,ﾡﾱ he told the Daily Record.
ﾡﾰBoth are different in their approaches but I have tremendous respect for them. They are brilliant men and managers.
ﾡﾰMartin knows the game and studies it. He is very mentally strong.
ﾡﾰI owe Gordon a lot as well. He was good enough to ask me to come back to Celtic.
ﾡﾰI was there for a year and a bit under him and I learned a lot from how he approached games and training.
ﾡﾰTheyﾡﾯre probably the only two men I can call for advice because they are the two who know better than anyone how to handle the job and what you are going to confront.
ﾡﾰThey are always just a phone call away. They are pleased for me with the way things have gone.
ﾡﾰThey should take something from it because theyﾡﾯve had a huge influence on my career.ﾡﾱ
OﾡﾯNeill managed the Hoops between 2000 and 2005 before Strachan took the Parkhead reigns from 2005 until 2009.
Lennon played under both men during his career, winning three league titles with OﾡﾯNeill and two with Strachan, three Scottish Cups with OﾡﾯNeill and one with Strachan and a Scottish League Cup apiece.