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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

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

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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 manager Neil Lennon last night urged the club’s supporters to stop chanting IRA slogans at matches.

The Republican chants were heard at Tynecastle last week when some Celtic fans clashed with stewards following an incident on the touchline which saw a fan charged with assaulting Lennon.

The Lurgan-born manager again praised the supporters for their “magnificent” response to him and the team on Sunday as Celtic lost out to Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race despite victory over Motherwell.

But he urged a minority of fans not to tarnish the club's reputation.

In a statement on the Glasgow club's official website, former Northern Ireland international Lennon said: “Celtic is rightly proud of its unique history and also of its open, inclusive and welcoming spirit. It is this which we hold dear.

“While we are delighted with the support we have received throughout the season, it is very important that we ensure that Celtic is always a positive club for all.

“We all know it has been a very difficult season for Celtic and we all know what has gone on.

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“However, we must ensure that we do all we can to uphold the club's reputation.

“In recent times, unfortunately there has been a re-emergence, from a small minority, of some of the singing and chanting which is simply not acceptable around our club.”

“This has no place at Celtic Park or at any of our matches and it must be tackled.

“All this does is tarnish the great name of Celtic and embarrasses the club.

“As we move towards next season it is vitally important that we ensure we do so positively.

“However small the minority of people involved, this behaviour has no place at Celtic.

“And I am sure as we move towards a new season and new beginning, everyone associated with the club will recognise this.”

Last month Rangers had their fans suspended from attending two European away games by Uefa after the Scottish champions were found guilty of discriminatory behaviour from their supporters.

They were fined £72,200 for the alleged singing of sectarian songs by their supporters at both legs of their Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven.


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