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Celtic boss Lennon hits back at Twittering Lafferty

By Steven Beacom

Neil Lennon has revealed why he launched into a verbal attack on countryman Kyle Lafferty after Celtic’s crucial 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.

The victory, secured thanks to a second half brace from Greek striker Georgios Samaras, took Celtic four points clear in the title race, though Rangers have two games in hand.

Following the biggest victory of his managerial career, Celtic boss Lennon shook hands with every Rangers player, bar substitute Lafferty.

Instead the pair became involved in a heated altercation with an exchange of insults.

Lennon was fuming with Lafferty for gloating on Twitter after Rangers had won 3-1 at Celtic Park earlier in the season.

Lafferty tweeted in October: “Sweet, oh very sweet. Hahaha Lennon, Lennon what's the score? hahaha.”

It is understood that Lafferty received a dressing down in private from the Rangers boss Walter Smith for his actions. Yesterday Lennon had his chance to respond, hitting back as the Kesh man left the pitch.

Asked if there was a particular reason for the spat with his fellow Ulsterman, Lennon replied: “Well, yes, but you might read it on his Twitter page.”

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