The Celtic boss described the absence of his players from the PFA Scotland Player of the Year shortlist as “abysmal” last week, prompting Shiels to say: “Celtic make a song and dance about everything, don’t they? Paranoid FC.”
Speaking after Celtic’s 3-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Motherwell at Fir Park — in which one of the shortlisted players, Michael Higdon, scored a penalty to take his tally for the season to 26 — Lennon responded by likening Shiels to Brent, a vain, deluded and self-promoting office manager from the BBC series, The Office.
“Kenny has always had plenty to say about our club,” he said.
“He likes to ramble on in little monologues, he is a bit like David Brent sometimes. He is an unconscious comedian.
“I do take exception to the paranoia (comment).
“That’s been thrown at our club for the last 15 to 20 years but I think the last three or four years have proved that we weren’t paranoid, we were just right.”
Higdon was key as Stuart McCall’s men clinched a Europa League spot in impressive style by coming from behind to beat a much-changed Hoops side.
Gary Hooper opened the scoring for the visitors in the 39th minute before Henrik Ojamaa levelled seconds before the interval.
Higdon put the home side ahead from the spot five minutes into the second half and five minutes later Mikael Lustig headed a Tom Hateley cross against his own post, with the luckless Celtic keeper Fraser Forster seeing the ball come off him and into his own net.
MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Ramsden, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Law (Higginbotham 90), McFadden (Carswell 85), Ojamaa (Francis-Angol 89), Higdon.
CELTIC: Forster, Lustig, Rogne (McCourt 67), Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Rogic (McGeouch 73), Kayal, Wanyama, Watt, Samaras (Stokes 78), Hooper.
Referee: Euan Norris (Scotland).