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Lennon’s hypocrisy over Griffith comments

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told Leigh Griffiths that he has to ‘behave accordingly’ now that he is a Celtic player. Griffiths is still awaiting his fate from the Scottish FA over the notice of complaint handed to the striker following video footage of him singing ‘Hearts are going bust’ in a local Edinburgh pub last weekend.

Speaking to the assembled media ahead of the league champions’ trip to Tannadice to face Dundee United, Lennon was asked about the Leigh Griffiths incident.

Lennon said: “We have dealt with it as a club and we’ve told Leigh there is a certain code of conduct he has to adhere to while he’s at Celtic. He’s got to understand that he’s a Celtic player now and his whole focus should be on Celtic.

“I don’t mind him supporting Hibs, but certainly in public places, you have to behave accordingly.”

After the Scottish FA issued a notice of complaint, it was also announced that Celtic had taken action against Griffiths but would be defending the player at the Hampden hearing.

I cannot help but find Neil Lennon’s comments and so-called advice to Griffith as hypocritical given his penchant for singing songs about a rival club also.

As the video shows [above], Lennon was captured on video several years ago rather worse for wear at a pub singing ‘Oh the Rangers are shite’ when he was still playing for Celtic as well as being the club captain.

I guess now that Lennon is manager that it is more ‘Do as I say not as I do?’ Lennon was a season professional near the end of his career when he sang that little ditty, while Griffiths is still at the start of his career.

Maybe that code of conduct should have been rolled out to Lennon back then.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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