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Lennon has last laugh at Rangers

By Graham Luney

Neil Lennon last night dismissed his post-match gesture to Rangers fans as “just a bit of fun.”

The Celtic manager had the blue half of Glasgow enraged when he cupped his ears to Gers supporters in the main stand after yesterday’s scoreless draw at Ibrox.

The result from what was the last Old Firm game of the season leaves Celtic a point behind their bitter rivals in the race for the SPL title, and they have a game in hand.

With security around Lennon significantly tightened after the Lurgan man was the target of letter bombs, the atmosphere at the game was less poisonous than usual.

But that all changed when former Northern Ireland star Lennon approached the Gers contingent to make what was seen by them as an openly provocative ‘I can’t hear you’ gesture.

When it was mentioned to Lennon afterwards, however, he replied sharply: “Don't ask me about that. It's called humour, all right?”

He added: “Don't distract away from my team's performance. Don't even write about it.

“You have the photographs I'm sure, but it is just a bit of fun.

“I don't want to distract from my team's performance today.”

When asked if some fans might not see it as humour, the former Celtic skipper retorted: “That's their problem. It's only a bit of fun. Don't ask me about it again.”

Lennon admitted he had enough of Old Firm games this season — this was the seventh meeting between the Glasgow giants — but was reluctant to claim his side now had the advantage in the title race.

Celtic had a big chance to win the game, but Georgios Samaras saw his second half penalty brilliantly saved by Allan McGregor.

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