NEIL LENNON has told critics of how he handles Hibs’ transfer affairs: “Shut up!”
The Easter Road boss has taken some flack after signing Celtic’s utility star Efe Ambrose on an emergency loan until the end of the season.
Lennon moved quickly to sign his ex-player after the promotion title-chasers were hit with injuries to central defenders Paul Hanlon, Liam Fontaine and Jordon Forster.
It is the second time the Irishman has utilised the rule which allows Championship sides to bring in players from a Premiership club on a temporary basis outwith a transfer window.
He signed former Scotland international midfielder Kris Commons from the Hoops on a 28-day deal in December.
That has led to some fans of their league rivals accusing the runaway leaders of exploiting a loophole – prompting a reaction from Lennon.
The Irishman said: “I know some people will moan. I could moan about other clubs spending too much money, going into debt, administration and stuff like that, but I don’t.
“I could moan about clubs going out and buying nine players in the January transfer window, but I don’t. We could have done that, but we might have stretched ourselves.
“This club runs the way we think is the right way, we knew the emergency window was an option. If it was taken away, then we wouldn’t use it. But it is there to be used, we’ve used it.
“We haven’t broken a single rule or law. If people are unhappy about it, then they can write to the SFA and ask them to scrap the rule.
“It’s an advantage to anyone who wants to use it – so shut up, just shut up!”