IT could have been Capital Punishment or it could have been Capital Gains when Neil Lennon kicked off his second stint as Celtic manager with a return to Edinburgh last night.

The Irishman, who was put in charge on Tuesday after the defection of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester City, was boss of Hibs until their acrimonious split last month.

Ironically, Lennon was in the dug-out against old foes Hearts at Tynecastle for a rollicking, remarkable comeback to his interim period as the Hoops gaffer.

As usual, the club’s former skipper couldn’t dodge the spotlight as the champions snatched a stoppage-time winner through substitute Odsonne Edouard to make sure the three crucial points were heading for Parkhead as the title kings maintained their eight-point advantage at the top of the table as they zero in on their eighth successive crown.

And there is a return to the capital for Lennon and his players on Saturday evening when the holders take on his former Easter Road team in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

It’s never dull when Neil Lennon is around, that’s for sure!

CQN‘s team of ace lensmen were at Tynecastle to capture the dramatic return of one of Celtic’s favourite sons.

YIPPEE..Neil Lennon cannot disguise his glee as he celebrates Celtic’s late, late show at Tynecastle.

UP IN ARMS…Neil Lennon takes a bow after the 2-1 triumph over Hearts.

FIST OF FURY…the nail-biting is over and Neil Lennon can enjoy the victory.

KEEP CALM…Neil Lennon shouts orders to his players as the confrontation draws to a conclusion.

SCREEN STAR…Neil Lennon wants to hear it from the crowd. The images are flashed around the globe and, remember, the camera never lies.

DUG-OUT TALK-IN…Neil Lennon has a word with first team coach Damien Duff and assistant manager John Kennedy, (half-hidden).

THE WAY AHEAD…Neil Lennon isues some instructions from the touchline.

WELCOME BACK…Neil Lennon is greeted by Hearts boss Craig Levein before the Tynecastle tussle.

END GAME…Neil Lennon salutes the fans as a grim-faced Craig Levein looks on.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM…Neil Lennon and Mikael Lustig at Tynecastle an hour before the kick-off.

YOU’RE IN MY HEART…Neil Lennon displays his true affections at the end of a rousing encounter. Welcome back, Mr Lennon!

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