GUILLAUME BEUZELIN enjoyed many a fiery midfield battle with Neil Lennon as a player and reckons the Hibs manager’s fierce competitive streak is destined to bring success back to his old club after putting together a ‘complete team’.
Beuzelin is relishing the prospect of returning to Easter Road this afternoon as Hamilton Accies number two and is determined the Lanarkshire men will not play second fiddle to their on-form hosts.
But the Frenchman, a firm fans’ favourite during his four years at Hibs, has been impressed by the way the capital club have started the season back in the Premiership under Lennon.
And he believes the former Celtic captain and manager is just what Hibs needed to make a big impact on their return to the top-flight.
He said: “First and foremost, I am delighted to see Hibs back where they belong in the top flight. The league is so much stronger with them around.
“I am buzzing to go back to Easter Road on Saturday. It will be a great occasion with a big crowd.
“I played against Neil as a player. He was a tough opponent. He had a lot of character – which is exactly what the club needed as a manager.
“It’s a great club, one of the best in the country, with a huge support. It needs a strong character to lead them and they have that mix that creates success.
“Neil is obviously very passionate. When you have a guy like him on the sidelines the players can see someone who has won titles as a player and as a manager.
“When they get told to do something by him, that’s it – they have to accept it!”
Beuzelin was part of the Hibs team that won the CIS Cup in 2007 and was an ‘older’ head in a youthful Easter Road dressing room packed with the likes of Scott Brown, Kevin Thomson, Steven Whittaker and Steven Fletcher.
With Whittaker back at the club and the likes of Anthony Stokes and Efe Ambrose bringing international and Champions League know-how, the Accies assistant believes Lennon has blended a formidable mix.
He added: “They have made an impressive start to the season with two wins out of two. They have came up from the Championship and carried the momentum.
“If you look at their squad, they have good young players mixed with a lot of experience. It looks a complete team.
“It’s different from my time but there is a good balance in the side.
“In my time it was mostly younger players and in my opinion the only thing that stopped us winning trophies was the lack of experience in the team.”