[media-credit name=”© Getty Images” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been on the receiving end of abuse from elements of the Celtic support after he hit out at the ‘rogue elements’ who set off flares, unfurled a banner criticising the governing body and then threw one of the flares onto trackside.
Lennon stated: “I’m very disappointed; they have let me down, they have let the board, players and staff down and 99.9% of the support down. My only surprise is that they got the spelling [on the banner]right.”
Lennon added: “The team covered themselves in glory last night and yet there is a rogue element who keep tarnishing the name of the club. The ironic thing is normally in the past when we come away from European games away from home we talk about how the team haven’t done themselves justice and the fans always do. Now we are talking about the opposite.”
Those comments from Lennon have irked some fans who have rounded on the Celtic manager, specifically the group that were behind the ‘F*** UEFA’ banner – the Green Brigade.
One member calling himself Padraig said: “Lenny should shut his gob. Very disappointed in him.”
Another with the moniker Celtic!! blasted: “Neil being a f***ing c*** then. Really wish no one gave him the backing last year as all he’s dine since is slate the group and anyone who’s not on board to sit down shut up and pay crazy amounts of money for sh*te! F**kin roaster.”
While Connor added: “Your turning into a right b@stard neil. Thats twice in a month. F**king turncoat b@stard.”
And Parky simply put: “Lennon out. Rat b@stard.”
Those were just a few abusive comments aimed at the Celtic manager from the so-called Celtic supporters group, with more abusive comments filling 12 pages and counting.
However for the most part the majority of the Celtic support are behind Neil Lennon with his comments and the stance he has taken against the ‘rogue element’ of the support.
Meanwhile, Celtic have imposed a lifetime ban on a fan who they claim was responsible for displaying the offensive banner and for assaulting a steward during Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Udinese. The fan in question, Ross Connolly, was arrested last night by police in Italy and he will be banned for life from attending all of Celtic´s matches.
The statement on the official website read: “Celtic Football Club today confirmed that it has identified an individual responsible for both the displaying of an offensive banner and the assault of a Celtic steward at last night’s match against Udinese.
“The person, Ross Connolly, was arrested last night by police in Italy and he will be banned for life from attending all of Celtic´s matches.”
The statement continued: “The club is also in the process of identifying persons responsible for the use of a flare at last night´s match. We are in possession of video and photographic evidence from the match and clearly, when those responsible are identified, the club will take the appropriate action.
“Celtic is rightly proud of all that our supporters have achieved and the magnificent reputation they have earned across Europe over many years.
“It is extremely disappointing therefore that the otherwise excellent behaviour of the vast majority of Celtic supporters, and the reputation of the club, has been undermined in this way, by the actions of a handful of people.”