Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Suspect package sent to Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon

A suspicious package addressed to Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office.

The parcel, believed to have been sent from Lanarkshire and made to look like it contained an explosive device, was discovered yesterday morning — two days after Wednesday’s fiery clash with Old Firm rivals Rangers.

It had been addressed to Lennon at Celtic’s stadium Parkhead in Glasgow.

This is the second time this year the 39-year-old has been sent sinister mail.

In January a package containing bullets addressed to him was intercepted by staff at the Royal Mail sorting office in Mallusk.

The parcel, which was addressed to Lennon and Northern Ireland and Celtic player Niall McGinn, was discovered days after Celtic had beaten Rangers.

A report last month also claimed Lennon had received a subsequent death threat from a paramilitary organisation.

A Strathclyde police spokesman yesterday confirmed it was investigating the discovery of a suspicious package.

“We can confirm we are currently investigating a suspicious package discovered at a Royal Mail sorting office in Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats (Ayrshire),” he said.

“The package was examined and the incident is being treated as a hoax. Inquiries are ongoing.”

After Wednesday’s match, Lennon clashed with Rangers’ assistant manager Ally McCoist on the touchline.

The pair had to be dragged apart by colleagues and a police officer in a bid to stop the heated exchange from boiling over.

Since then Lennon has apologised to the Celtic board but the fallout from the incident has taken a sinister turn both in Glasgow and in Belfast.

Following the match a Catholic church in east Belfast was covered in sectarian graffiti — some of which was threatening Lennon.

St Matthew's Church, which sits on the edge of the interface between the nationalist Short Strand and unionist Newtownards Road, was targeted in the aftermath of the ill-tempered cup replay.

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