Celtic captain Neil Lennon has claimed third place in our poll to find the ten most popular players from the Dario Gradi era. Lennon, who won the first of his forty Northern Ireland caps while still at Crewe may have now retied from the International scene but he still very much a big part of life at Parkhead.
His achievements in the game at Leicester City and then Celtic have always made Crewe supporters extremely proud of the Lurgan-born midfielder. No wonder Martin O'Neill has always been an admirer of him!
Neil just edged out his former team-mate Craig Hignett in the voting stakes. He attracted 252 points to finish just ahead of Higgy, Seth and Shaun Smith. The voting so far reads...
3rd) Neil Lennon - 252 points
4th) Craig Hignett - 235 points
5th) Seth Johnson - 79 points
6th) Shaun Smith - 77 points
7th) Rob Jones - 68 points
8th) Rodney Jack - 65 points
9th) Jason Kearton - 55 points
10th) Steve Macauley - 42 points
Plucked from Manchester City's reserves by Dario Gradi, Neil Lennon's has become a well respected player in Europe. The Irish midfielder joined Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer in August 1990, after making just one League appearance for Manchester City.
Neil is an intelligent midfield player-maker, who always performed consistently well for Crewe. He played 188 times for the Alex, scoring 17 goals before Leicester City paid a then club record of £750,000 for his services in February 1996.
Lennon helped Leicester City win the League Cup in 1997 and 2000 before securing a dream move to boyhood heroes Celtic. In his first season at Parkhead, again under the management of O'Neill, Lennon completed a domestic treble to end the Rangers dominance of the Scottish game. He folowed that success up with another Scottish Championship and run in the Champions League.