Lennon rules out Celtic gloating

Lennon rules out Celtic gloating

Neil Lennon has revealed that Strathclyde Police have spoken to Celtic and Rangers ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

If Motherwell fail to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday, the Hoops can win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title at the home of their greatest rivals for the first time since 1967, which would add spice to what is always a fiery fixture.

The Celtic boss, who confirmed that winger James Forrest (ankle) and Gary Hooper (dead leg) are both doubts, said: “We had the police up on Wednesday, we had a chat with the head of the police organisation about the game on Sunday but not with regards post-match celebrations.

“I think he just wants to make sure that the game goes as well as it possibly can go which I totally understand.

“The last thing we want to do is rub it in people’s faces. We won’t be there to gloat.

“We will be respectful of everyone at the stadium.”

Lennon also confirmed that the Scottish Football Association’s Compliance Officer, Vincent Lunny, has written to him asking for an explanation for his post-match comments following last week’s Scottish Communities League Cup final defeat by Kilmarnock at Hampden.

The Irishman described as “criminal” referee Willie Collum’s decision not to award Celtic a penalty in the closing moments when Hoops striker Anthony Stokes went down in a challenge from Killie defender Michael Nelson.

Lennon was unrepentant, saying he “absolutely” stood by his comments.

He said: “I am looking forward to giving him my response, I’ve got until the 30th of March to do that.

“I will submit my response next week.

“I don’t think I need to (explain) but obviously they do and I will state my case.”

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