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‘I’LL BACK HIM TO THE HILT,’ LENNON’S TAKE ON GRIFFITHS ROW

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NEIL LENNON insists he will back Leigh Griffiths all the way if there any repercussions after the Celtic striker appeared to throw tape at Kilmarnock fans in the Hoops’ 3-1 win at Rugby Park last night.

The comeback Bhoy, who claimed the champions’ second goal, came off 10 minutes from time as he was substituted with Mikey Johnston.

The team were already heading for the three points with Odsonne Edouard hitting the opener and Christopher Jullien heading in the third while Nicke Kabamba hit his side’s consolation effort.

Cameras appeared to capture the Scotland international throwing away tape into the stand a row blew up with words exchanged between some home support and the Hoops bench, with stewards and police moving into the crowd.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Leigh Griffiths is congratulated by Johnny Hayes after his goal.

Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Leigh was getting a lot of unsavoury abuse. He was backed up by myself and his team-mates on the bench.

“I thought his behaviour was exemplary and at times we take uncalled for abuse. He didn’t do anything wrong. People can blow it up, it was nothing.

“He threw a bit of tape on the ground. I don’t know how you can say he threw it at somebody or towards somebody.

“People take off tape and throw it away. There is nothing in it at all. The kid had played well, he hadn’t got himself into any bother on the pitch, he sits down and gets abuse from supporters.

“In this day and age we have to accept this and behave in a sanitised way and he did. You are always looking for a story that is just not there.

THAT’S MY BHOYS…Neil Lennon with Kristoffer Ajer, Callum McGregor and skipper Scott Brown after the 3-1 win.

“He always seems to get controversy around him, but I will back him to the hilt on this one, his behaviour was top class as was his performance. That’s two goals in two games and he is getting better and better.”

There was concern when teenage right-back Jeremie Frimpong was stretchered off the field near the end after a clattering challenge by Alan Power.

Lennon added: “We don’t think it is a fracture. He is up walking about on it, so that’s good news and we will just have to see the severity of the bruising on it, that’s all.”

Frimpong could be fit for the visit of Ross County on Saturday, but Austrian international Moritz Bauer, who replaced him against Killie, is standing by for a rare start.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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