Lennon dismay amid trouble in Paradise

Neil Lennon believes it is a “shame” the Green Brigade are to be dispersed around Celtic Park after repeated warnings about their behaviour.

The Parkhead club issued a statement confirming that they are to close section 111 of their stadium, which houses the Ultras group, known for banner displays and singing. However, among other things, warnings to stop “lateral movement of spectators” and “body surfing” went unheeded and consequently supporters will be offered a refund on their season tickets or the chance to relocate.

The Celtic boss is in Sweden for the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round against Elfsborg, looking to defend a 1-0 lead. When asked about the issue, he said: “It’s disappointing because I think that section adds hugely to the atmosphere at the stadium.

“It is beyond me, it is a club decision and it is a shame that has come to this. There are lines of dialogue still open so I wouldn’t say this is the end but it is all about safety at the end of the day, that is paramount to the club.”

Celtic go into action tonight without forward Derk Boerrigter, midfielder Tom Rogic (both ankle) and defender Virgil van Dijk (foot).

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