Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Celtic boss Lennon hits out at media again

Celtic manager Neil Lennon
Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon claims he is at times “demonised” by the Scottish media.

The Celtic manager admits “deeply” regretting confronting Euan Norris after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Hearts at Hampden just over a fortnight ago and plans to apologise to the referee.

However, the Northern Irishman, alluding to the furore which followed the touchline bust-up he had with then Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist at the end of an Old Firm game at Parkhead in March, 2011, believes his persona is unfairly represented.

“I saw the greatest manager in the game last night (Sir Alex Ferguson) having a spat with Roberto Mancini and people enjoyed it, enjoyed seeing Sir Alex show that passion, that he was up for the fight,” said Lennon.

“I enjoyed it. Two managers sticking up for their own team.

“Has there been a huge public outcry about what happened? No. They talk about a bit of a spat - big deal.

“When we do it up here, it's two pages full and I get singled out, I get demonised, I'm this snarling sort of presence on the touchline.

“I don't think I get a fair deal at times. I see it so many times. I have seen managers on the pitch remonstrating with referees.”

Meanwhile, manager Ally McCoist has taken encouragement from Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster's comments indicating he would not be opposed to a newco Rangers joining the top-flight.

Doncaster believes there is little difference between a newco route from administration and a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), with the current rules stating that the SPL board has the discretion over how to deal with the request for the transfer of a club's shares. Rangers entertain Dundee United tonight at Ibrox.

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