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Celtic boss Neil Lennon targeted again as hoax bomb is intercepted

By Catherin Lynagh

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been targeted with a fake nail bomb.

The terror hoax, which was intercepted by mail workers at the weekend, is the third threat made to the Celtic manager in recent months.

In January, packages containing bullets addressed to Lennon and player Niall McGinn were intercepted by postal workers in Mallusk.

The most recent parcel, which is understood to have contained a bottle filled with nails, was spotted by staff at Kirkintilloch delivery office close to Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground.

A police spokeswoman said: “The package was examined and the incident is being treated as a hoax.”

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a suspicious package was found at Kirkintilloch delivery office.

“The usual security procedures were followed and police were called.”

Three weeks ago, mail staff were evacuated from a sorting office in Saltcoats, Aryshire, for two hours when explosives experts were called in to examine the last suspicious package sent to Lurgan-born Lennon.

The 39-year-old has had to increase his personal security in the wake of the threats.

He has had a panic button installed at his home after receiving a threatening call in the middle of the night and is accompanied to club training sessions by a security guard.

Mr Lennon’s agent Martin Reilly said recently that the Celtic boss would not quit his position despite the constant threats made against him.

“He was a winner as a player and he's a winner as a manager,” Reilly said recently in a radio interview.

“As far as quitting as Celtic’s manager goes, it's not in Neil’s nature,” he said.

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