Facebook Death Threat to Celtic Manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon - Facebook Image

Tempers flare - death threats result.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon clashed with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist after a fiery Old Firm cup match that saw three Rangers players sent off. Celtic won 3-0.

Lennon, 39, has endured threats and abuse throughout his career and was forced to retire from representing Northern Ireland in international football after claiming he had received death threats from a paramilitary group.

He was the victim of a street attack in Glasgow in 2008.

NEIL LENNON

December 2000 Neil Lennon signs for Celtic

March 2001 Abused by a section of his own fans while playing for Northern Ireland

August 2002 Quits international football after allegedly receiving death threats from an Ulster paramilitary group

June 2007 Leaves Celtic for Nottingham Forest

March 2008 Appointed coach of Celtic

September 2008 Assaulted in the West End of Glasgow. His attackers were jailed for two years each

March 2010 Appointed Celtic manager

January 2011 Bullets sent in the post to the Celtic manager are intercepted in the post

March 2, 2011 Clashes with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist after a fiery Old Firm cup match that saw three Rangers players sent off. Celtic won 3-0.

March 2011 Two parcel bombs addressed to Lennon are intercepted

Detectives believe there are two more letter bombs in the postal system after Celtic manager Neil Lennon was sent a device intended to maim or kill him.

The revelation comes a day after a mock-up on Facebook of Celtic manager Neil Lennon in a blood-soaked football strip emerged in the wake of bombs being sent to his home. Pictures on the page, which was entitled ‘I Hope Neil Lennon gets shot’, showed the manager with bullet holes in his head, chest and groin. The site’s creator posted: ‘Neil Lennon deserves a bullet to the head!’ A similar site has previously been taken down by Facebook.

It raises fears that there could yet be injuries or deaths in the hate campaign which has already seen 'viable' explosives sent to Lennon, high profile lawyer and Celtic supporter Paul McBride and  politician Trish Godman.

All the bombs were intercepted before they reached their targets.

Attention is red flagged on the problem of sectarianism in Scottish football.

Celtics, formed in 1888 by Irish Catholics, draws its support largely, but not exclusively, from Catholics.

Officers described the sending of the bombs as ‘despicable and cowardly’.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan said sending the bombs was ‘depressing and deplorable’, adding that sectarian hatred was an ‘unwanted poison’ in football.

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