NEIL LENNON hopes peace breaks out in Scottish football before the scheduled Premiership kick-off on August 1.

As the game teeters on the brink of civil war, the Celtic boss also insisted “the bitterness does not help anyone”.

The Irishman gave his views as relegated Hearts and Partick Thistle are in the throes of dragging the SPFL through the courts in a legal battle that could push back the start to the new campaign.

The Edinburgh and Glasgow clubs will demand a whopping £10million in compensation if the decision to demote them is not reversed.

They also want to see Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers denied promotion. The legal battle is about to commence.

Lennon, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “We’ll have to take it a day at a time like everything and see what the outcome is going to be.

“I just hope everyone can find some sort of peace and resolution. The bitterness doesn’t help anyone.

“I can’t speak on behalf of other clubs but I understand the reaction to some degree.

“Listen, it’s not exclusive to Scotland. Countries have had to call it, so it’s understandable it has caused issues.

“We have seen the Dutch association paying out compensation to clubs who were absolutely livid with their decisions.

“There’s been legal fights in France, Belgium, in England Leagues One and Two are not happy. I get it. It was never going to be easy and it was always going to be a difficult call to make.

“I understand the clubs involved want to take legal representation and that’s well within their rights.

“For the sake of the game you hope that we can sort it out to get us moving forward rather than looking back.”


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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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