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Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon celebrates the opening goal during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon celebrates the opening goal during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon celebrates the opening goal during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Celtic's Neil Lennon celebrates the opening goal during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Lynne Cameron

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match at Tynecastle

Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match at Tynecastle

Lynne Cameron

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Celtic's Neil Lennon is attacked by a fan during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

On the streets of Lurgan where Neil Lennon grew up support for the beleaguered Celtic manager remains strong.

A series of death threats, murder attempts and various assaults on its most famous son has put the former market town on the world map.

And while some observers wonder what’s really going on beneath Lennon's ice-cool exterior, an old friend around his home town says he’ll stick it out in Glasgow despite what has happened.

As well as being the chairman of Lurgan Celtic Supporters’ Club, Eddie Seeley knew Lennon as the pair grew up in the north Armagh town. The Bhoys’ supporter can’t understand why his old pal is being targeted.

He said: “In any dealings I have ever had with Neil Lennon he has always been down-to-earth. Neil always takes time to speak to people.

“He has always had time for a chat and has a real interest in what’s going on around the town and this club.

“I have known Neil a real long time and we both grew up in Lurgan not far from each other. Neil Lennon is a real affable guy and it is baffling as to why he is being subjected to this sort of treatment.”

Mr Seeley believes the Celtic manager won’t be pushed from the club he loves.

He said: “I think Neil will be the manager next year and the year after that. I think he is in the process of building a dynasty there.

“I think we are in for exciting times with Neil Lennon, he won’t quit because that’s not in his make-up.”

Mr Seeley said the Celtic manager is in no way responsible for the treatment dealt out to him in recent months. He said: “Some

people try to say Neil has brought this on himself.

“But what about Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson? They are all passionate people as well and nothing like this happens to them.

“He supported the club as a boy, then he played for the club, and now he has the honour of being the manager of the club.

“Football is a passionate game and he is passionate, there’s nothing wrong with that.

“What are we accusing him of here, jumping up and down when his team scores? Is that any justification for sending him parcel bombs in the post?”

A regular traveller to Scotland over many years, Mr Seeley, who, ironically, was born on the Ibrox Road in Glasgow, says the problems faced by his old friend have little to do with football.

Mr Seeley added: “I think that this is part of a more deep-seated problem in Scottish society. At some stage the question will have to be asked, what drives these people?

“This is the one season that Scottish football will be remembered for everything other than the football.

“In my view this is not a Celtic or Rangers issue, it a problem for Scottish society.”

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