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Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists: ‘I don’t deserve abuse’

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

 

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has expressed bafflement at his villain status and insisted he had done nothing to warrant the litany of abuse he has suffered.

Police are investigating the latest attack on Lennon after missiles flew past his head as he watched the League Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and St Johnstone at Tynecastle last Saturday.

During his time in Glasgow, Lennon has suffered attacks in his car, death threats daubed on the road outside his home, been knocked out in a street attack, had bullets sent to him in the post, been attacked by a Hearts fan during a game, and was a victim of a letter-bomb campaign that saw two men jailed for five years.

“I don’t want it,” the former Northern Ireland international said.

“I don’t need it. I’m not happy with some of the stuff that has come out regarding myself in terms of journalists saying, ‘He attracts it, it’s his controversial, confrontational nature’.

“For me, that’s very irresponsible. I am no more confrontational than any other manager in the SPFL. However, when it’s an issue regarding me, it seems to be imbalanced.

“You cannot have people throw coins at you when you are sitting there trying to do your job. And yet some people in the back of their minds think it’s my fault. Why this happens, I don’t know.

“In the past there is no question there were sectarian elements to what happened to me. People want to bury their head about that. I don’t, I want it said and I want something done about it. Last week there was no evidence of a sectarian element, but certainly a hooligan element.”

 

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