Mjallby: Lennon in good mood despite threats

Johan Mjallby insists Celtic boss Neil Lennon is still in a “good mood” despite the most recent threats to his security.

Johan Mjallby insists Celtic boss Neil Lennon is still in a “good mood” despite the most recent threats to his security.

Lennon was targeted by two separate parcels while Paul McBride QC, who represented the Irishman in his recent disciplinary dealings with the Scottish Football Association, and MSP Trish Godman, a Celtic supporter, had one addressed to each of them.

Strathclyde Police revealed the packages were “designed to cause real harm to the person who opened them”, but all four were intercepted before they reached their intended targets.

The Northern Irishman had bullets sent to him earlier in the season and a suspicious package addressed to him intercepted and he stepped back from media duties before and after last night’s 4-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

But Hoops assistant manager Mjallby believes Lennon is taking it all in his stride.

“He is still the same guy,” the Swede said. “He has a lot on his plate and it’s a shame that it’s happened but I haven’t really seen a change in him.

“He is in a good mood. Sure, it has been hard for him but he is a strong character and very good at making sure that the players are the main thing.

“Football is a release, he loves his job and the win was the best way for the players to show their appreciation for him and the three points were the best present for him.”

Tensions are sure to run higher than normal when Celtic travel to Ibrox on Sunday looking for the win that will see them leapfrog their Old Firm rivals at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster is hoping that the fixture passes off without any trouble.

He said: “We are distressed and concerned by the developments reported recently which are now, quite rightly, the subject of a major criminal investigation.

“Such things have no place in football; indeed they have no place in any civilised society.

“Football is a game which should be enjoyed safely by all.

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