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Celtic boss Lennon staying put to defy hate mob

By Jim Gracey

Neil Lennon will not walk away from Celtic despite threats made against him, his agent Martin Reilly insisted today.

The 39-year-old Hoops manager has had bullets sent to him through the post and a suspicious package addressed to him intercepted this season, leading to speculation about his future.

However, Reilly is confident that Lurgan man Lennon will stay at Celtic Park, armed with a new contract to defy the hate mob.

“He was a winner as a player and he's a winner as a manager,” Reilly said today.

“As far as quitting as a manager goes, it's not in his nature.”

Reilly claims that Lennon would not discuss his future until the end of the season.

“We will have these discussions at the end of the season, but all Neil wants to do at the moment is concentrate on his job,” Reilly added. “He's got a contract to fight for, a six-month rolling contract, so he's got things like that to sort out in his life but he's got to put up with all this stuff off the park as well. He certainly hasn't spoken about quitting or walking out on the club, but I dare say it must have gone through his mind because it's certainly gone through mine.”

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell also acknowledged: “Neil is a man who is under enormous pressure as Celtic manager, but other than that he's got to put up with the live ammunition going through the post, the bomb threats and 24 hour surveillance. It's quite a lot to take on at the moment."

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